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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

15-S1088 on Mar 19, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.12 & S.1088
Source: Voter Empowerment Act
Congressional Summary:
  • Require each state to make available official public websites for online voter registration.
  • Authorizes automated voter registration and establishes same day registration, and voter registration of individuals under 18 years of age.
  • Declares that the right to vote shall not be denied because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (BrennanCenter.org): Too many Americans go to vote on Election Day only to find their names are not on the voter rolls--often, wrongly deleted. The US is on the verge of a new paradigm for registering voters: automatic, permanent registration of eligible voters, which would add up to 50 million eligible voters to the rolls.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Gov. Christie's veto message on the "Democracy Act", Nov. 2015): Christie called a provision establishing automatic voter registration that requires New Jerseyan to opt out a "government-knows-best, backwards approach that would inconvenience citizens and waste government resources for no justifiable reason." Automatic voter registration would have added 1.6 million people to the state's voter rolls.

    (PopVox.org blog)
  • TN-8: I have voted in every election federal, state or local that I chose to. If people want to vote there is nothing but laziness preventing them from doing so today! Regarding photo ID's you have one to drive, buy alcohol, and go to the doctor.
  • AL-2: This bill is so general that anyone that is alive, has lived, or will live in this century will be able to vote as well as non-Americans, pets, people without voting rights, and some people multiple times.
  • TN-3: This bill will surely bring about fixed voting in favor of the one who can cheat the most. How about having a voter photo card and a test to see if they are capable of voting and not just voting for whoever promises them more free stuff.
Also see equivalent House bill H.R.12


    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: Automatic voter registration for all citizens (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Automatic voter registration for all citizens (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 15-S1088

Cory Booker s1oNJ Democratic ChallengerApr 27, 2015
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorMay 6, 2015
Kirsten Gillibrand s2pNew York Democrat
Ed Markey s1oMA Democratic ChallengerMay 6, 2015
Gary Peters s1oMI Democratic ChallengerMay 19, 2015
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr SenatorApr 30, 2015



Republicans participating in 15-S1088



Independents participating in 15-S1088



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 6
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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