What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Enfranchising the Disenfranchised/Voting Rights : HR 3295. Election Reform/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Adopt Stringent Language During Conference Committee to Insure the Future Protection of Voting Rights. (2002 house Roll Call 238)
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HR 3295. Election Reform/Vote to Instruct House Conferees to Adopt Stringent Language During Conference Committee to Insure the Future Protection of Voting Rights.
house Roll Call 238     Jun 19, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

After the complications of the 2000 presidential vote, Congress struggled to put together an election reform bill to ensure such problems never happened again. As the House version of the bill neared passage, members looked ahead to the negotiations with the Senate-known as the "conference committee"-necessary to produce a final bill. Progressives were concerned that the Senate would try to change the House version in two ways: first, they would try to weaken provisions in the House bill requiring states to meet federal elections standards by November 2004; second, they would try to maintain a Senate provision protecting states receiving funds under the bill from federal prosecution until 2010. Hastings (D-FL) made a motion to require conference committee members from the House to thwart both these Senate changes. Progressives voted for this motion, but it failed nonetheless, 206-210.

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