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2007-S2305 on Nov 5, 2007

Bill Sponsorship: prohibiting 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting
Source: Caging Prohibition Act (S.2305/H.R.5038)
Rep. CONYERS: "Since the late 1950's, the pernicious practice of 'voter caging' has been used to discourage or prevent eligible voters from casting their vote. Recent elections have shown that caging tactics are not outdated, and in fact, have disenfranchised voters in recent midterm and Presidential elections. While caging efforts have traditionally been directed at minority communities, all voters are susceptible to these attempts at voter intimidation and suppression.

"The undemocratic practice of voter caging involves sending mail to voters at the addresses at which they are registered to vote. Should such mail be returned as undeliverable or without a return receipt, the voter's name is placed on a 'caging list.' These caging lists are then used to challenge a voter's registration or eligibility.

"In my home State of Michigan, I have seen firsthand how caging efforts are used to harass, bully, and ultimately disenfranchise, eligible voters. With a Michigan lawmaker advocating 'suppress the Detroit vote,' I cannot help but think that is synonymous with 'suppress the Black vote' as Detroit is 83% African American. These voter suppression campaigns always seem to target our most vulnerable voters--racial minorities, low-income people, homeless people, and college students.

"Caging tactics meant to suppress the vote do more than impede the right to vote. They threaten to erode the very core of our democracy. By eliminating barriers to the polls, we can help restore what has been missing from our elections--fairness, honesty, and integrity."

    S.2305: PROHIBITION ON VOTER CAGING: No State or local election official shall prevent an individual from registering or voting in any election for Federal office, or challenge an individual's registration status or eligibility to vote, if the sole basis for such decision or challenge is evidence consisting of a voter caging document or voter caging list; or an unverified match list.

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 16. Question 16: Stricter limits on political campaign funds Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Government Reform
    • Headline: Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting (Score: 1)

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    • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
    • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

    Democrats participating in 2007-S2305

    Xavier Becerra s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
    Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
    Steve Cohen s1oTennessee Democrat 
    Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
    Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
    Rahm Emanuel s1oIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
    Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
    Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
    Al Green s1oTexas Democrat 
    Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
    Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat (retiring 2014) 
    Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
    John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
    Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
    Amy Klobuchar s1oMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
    Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
    Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
    Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
    Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
    Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
    Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
    Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
    Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
    Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
    Bobby Scott s1oVirginia Democrat 
    Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
    Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
    Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
    Sheldon Whitehouse s1pRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 

    Republicans participating in 2007-S2305

    Independents participating in 2007-S2305

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 31
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 0

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