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14_S1945 on Jan 16, 2014

Bill Sponsorship: Voting Rights Amendment Act
Source: H.R.3899/S.1945
Congressional Summary:Amends the Voting Rights Act of 1965 with respect to the requirement that a federal court retain jurisdiction for an appropriate period to prevent commencement of new devices to deny or abridge the right to vote. Expands the types of violations triggering the authority of a court to retain such jurisdiction to include certain violations of the Act as well as violations of any federal voting rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group. [This bill would ban requiring photo IDs in order to vote].

Opponents recommend voting NO because:Sen. Bob Dole (on related bill from 2007, whether to add an amendment allowing photo ID): I am proposing a commonsense measure to uphold the integrity of Federal elections. My amendment to require voters to show photo identification at the polls would go a long way in minimizing potential for voter fraud. When a fraudulent vote is cast and counted, the vote of a legitimate voter is cancelled. This is wrong, and my amendment would help ensure that one of the hallmarks of our democracy, our free and fair elections, is protected. Opinion polls repeatedly confirm that Americans overwhelmingly support this initiative.Proponents support voting YES because:Sen. Dianne Feinstein (on related bill from 2007): If one would want to suppress the vote in the 2008 election, one would vote [for Dole's amendment] this because this measure goes into effect January 1, 2008. It provides that everybody who votes essentially would have to have a photo ID. If you want to suppress the minority vote, the elderly vote, the poor vote, this is exactly the way to do it. Many of these people do not have driver's licenses. This amendment would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to actually carry out. It goes into effect--surprise--January 1, 2008 [to affect the presidential election]. I urge a "no" vote.

See earlier related Senate bill, S.269 (2007)


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Make voter registration easier Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: No photo IDs to vote; they suppress the vote (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 14_S1945

Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr SenatorJun 23, 2014
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr SenatorSep 10, 2014
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr SenatorJan 16, 2014
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr SenatorJan 16, 2014
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr SenatorJun 23, 2014
Al Franken s1sMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorJun 23, 2014
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Jun 23, 2014
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr SenatorJun 23, 2014
Patrick Leahy s2pVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Sep 10, 2014
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr SenatorJun 23, 2014
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalJun 23, 2014



Republicans participating in 14_S1945



Independents participating in 14_S1945



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 12
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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