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Federal election legislation

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Proposed federal legislation - House

110th Congress

109th Congress and earlier

Proposed federal legislation - Senate

110th Congress

109th Congress and earlier

Proposed federal legislation - House and Senate

Existing federal legislation

Federal legislation governing elections includes:

These acts have been met with controversy. Some have argued against ceding state power over voting to the federal government on the grounds that doing so was antithetical to the rights of local people to govern themselves. Others have argued that the federal government would weaken state laws that protected voting rights. Still others have claimed that the consolidation of power and voting system uniformity at a higher level facilitates election fraud.

In 2006, Republicans from Southern districts singled out by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 threatened to prevent its extension. Their argument was that these districts no longer practice the discrimination they did twenty years earlier. However, the extension passed over their objections. Some have made the point that the Voting Rights Act could have been used to address districts with poor records of voting rights today, such as in Ohio. However, this argument never gained prominence.

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This page was last modified 23:12, 4 December 2008 by AlanF. Based on work by dKosopedia user(s) DC Pol Sci. Content is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.

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