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H.R. 1293: To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit a State from counting a ballot cast in an election for Federal office which is received by the State after the date of the election.


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 24, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1293

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 24, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to prohibit a State from counting a ballot cast in an election for Federal office which is received by the State after the date of the election.

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Prohibiting counting ballots received after date of election

(a)

Prohibition

Title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21081 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 303 the following new section:

303A.

Prohibiting counting of ballots received after date of election

(a)

Prohibition

A State may not count a ballot cast in an election for Federal office which is received by the State after the date of the election. For purposes of this subsection, a ballot shall be considered to be received by the State after the date of the election if the ballot is not received by the appropriate State or local election official prior to 12:01 a.m. on the day after the date of the election.

(b)

Exception for absent uniformed services voters and overseas citizens

Subsection (a) does not apply with respect to any individual who is entitled to vote by absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (52 U.S.C. 20301 et seq.).

(c)

Effective date

This section shall apply with respect to elections for Federal office held on or after the date of the enactment of this section.

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(b)

Conforming amendment relating to enforcement

Section 401 of such Act (52 U.S.C. 21111) is amended by striking and 303 and inserting 303, and 303A.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of such Act is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 303 the following new item:

Sec. 303A. Prohibiting counting of ballots received after date of election.

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