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H.R. 1307: Vote by Mail Tracking Act


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


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1307

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 24, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Reform

A BILL

To amend title 39, United States Code, to require mail-in ballots to use the Postal Service barcode service, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Vote by Mail Tracking Act.

2.

Mail-in ballots and Postal Service barcode service

(a)

In general

Section 3001 of title 39, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:

(p)

Any ballot sent within the United States for an election for Federal office is nonmailable and shall not be carried or delivered by mail unless the ballot is mailed in an envelope that—

(1)

contains a Postal Service barcode (or successive service or marking) that enables tracking of each individual ballot;

(2)

satisfies requirements for ballot envelope design that the Postal Service may promulgate by regulation;

(3)

satisfies requirements for machineable letters that the Postal Service may promulgate by regulation; and

(4)

includes the Official Election Mail Logo (or any successor label that the Postal Service may establish for ballots).

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(b)

Application

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to any election for Federal office occurring after the date of enactment of this Act.

(c)

Reimbursement to States

(1)

In general

The Federal Government shall reimburse each State (including the District of Columbia and any territory or possession of the United States) for the cost of using the Postal Service barcode service as required under subsection (p) of section 3001 of title 39, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

There is authorized to be appropriated for fiscal year 2022 and each fiscal year thereafter such sums as may be necessary, to be derived from the general fund of the Treasury, for reimbursing States for such cost.