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H.R. 576: Next Generation Votes Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 576

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Sarbanes, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Mr. Levin of Michigan, Ms. Norton, Ms. DeGette, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Soto, Ms. Schakowsky, Ms. Pressley, Mr. Jones, Mr. Blumenauer, and Mr. Johnson of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require States to accept applications to register to vote in elections for Federal office in the State from individuals under 18 years of age at the time of application.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Next Generation Votes Act.

2.

Acceptance of voter registration applications from individuals under 18 years of age

(a)

Acceptance of applications

Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (52 U.S.C. 20507) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (j) as subsection (k); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (i) the following new subsection:

(j)

Acceptance of applications from individuals under 18 years of age

(1)

In general

A State may not refuse to accept or process an individual’s application to register to vote in elections for Federal office on the grounds that the individual is under 18 years of age at the time the individual submits the application, so long as the individual is at least 16 years of age at such time.

(2)

No effect on State voting age requirements

Nothing in paragraph (1) may be construed to require a State to permit an individual who is under 18 years of age at the time of an election for Federal office to vote in the election.

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(b)

Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to elections occurring on or after January 1, 2021.