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    Congressional Legislation
    Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001
    S. 565
    Bill # S.565

    Original Sponsor:
    Christopher Dodd (D-CT)

    Cosponsor Total: 10
    (last sponsor added 07/19/2001)
      10 Democrats
    About This Legislation:
    11/28/2001--Reported to Senate, without amendment. (There is 1 other summary)
    Equal Protection of Voting Rights Act of 2001 - Title I: Establishment of Commission on Voting Rights and Procedures - Establishes the Commission on Voting Rights and Procedures to study: (1) election technology and systems; (2) ballot design and uniformity; (3) ballot and polling place access; (4) voting systems capacity and election administration efficiency; (5) voter registration and maintenance of voter rolls; (6) alternative voting methods; (7) voter intimidation; (8) accuracy of voting, election procedures, and election technology; (9) voter education; (10) election personnel and volunteer training; (11) implementation of provisions of the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act on registration and voting by absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters in elections for Federal office; (12) establishment of the date on which such elections are held as a Federal or a State holiday and establishment of modified polling place hours; and (13) Federal assistance to State and local authorities to improve the administration of elections for Federal office.
    Directs the Commission to develop specific recommendations, consistent with certain uniform and nondiscriminatory election technology and administration requirements under this Act, regarding: (1) best practices in voting and election administration; (2) Federal assistance to State and local authorities to improve administration of Federal elections; (3) increased voter registration, accuracy of voter rolls, and participation and inclusion of legal voters, and (4) improved voter education and training of election personnel. Authorizes appropriations.
    Title II: Election Technology and Administration Improvement Grant Program - Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants to approved State, territory, and locality applicants to pay the Federal share of the costs of activities to: (1) improve, acquire, or replace voting equipment or technology and improve the accessibility of polling places; (2) implement new election administration procedures to increase voter participation and reduce disenfranchisement, such as "same-day" voter registration procedures; (3) educate voters concerning voting procedures, voting rights or voting technology, and to train election personnel; and (4) implement Commission recommendations.
    Title III: Requirements for Election Technology and Administration - Specifies certain uniform and nondiscriminatory requirements each voting system used in an election for Federal office must meet with regard to election technology and administration, including: (1) notification to a voter of multiple votes for a single office or fewer votes selected where more may be; (2) ability to correct errors before ballot casting; (3) voting records with an audit capacity for each vote cast; (4) accessibility for disabled individuals; and (5) an error rate not exceeding those in the national Voting Systems Standards.
    Outlines requirements for: (1) provisional voting by eligible voters at the wrong polling place; and (2) sample ballot mailings to voters.
    Authorizes the Attorney General to bring a civil action in an appropriate district court to enforce the requirements of this Act for election technology and administration through the Office of Civil Rights of the Department of Justice.
    Title IV: Miscellaneous - Declares that this Act shall not preempt certain other Federal laws.
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