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07-S453 on Mar 1, 2007

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: prohibiting voter intimidation in federal elections
Source: Voter Intimidation Prevention Act (H.R.1281 & S.453)
Makes it unlawful for anyone before or during a federal election to knowingly communicate false election-related information about that election, with the intent to prevent another person from exercising the right to vote. Increases from one year to five years' imprisonment the criminal penalty for intimidation of voters.

Introductory statement by Sponsor:

Sen. OBAMA: This bill seeks to address the all-too-common efforts to deceive voters in order to keep them away from the polls. It's hard to imagine that we even need a bill like this. But, unfortunately, there are people who will stop at nothing to try to deceive voters and keep them away from the polls. What's worse, these practices often target and exploit vulnerable populations, such as minorities, the disabled, or the poor. We saw countless examples in this past election.

  • Some of us remember the thousands of Latino voters in Orange County, California, who received letters warning them in Spanish that, "if you are an immigrant, voting in a federal election is a crime that can result in incarceration."
  • Or the voters in Virginia who received calls from a so-called "Virginia Elections Commission" informing them--falsely--that they were ineligible to vote.
  • Or the voters who were told that they couldn't vote if they had family members who had been convicted of a crime.
Of course, these so-called warnings have no basis in fact, and are made with only one goal in mind--to keep Americans away from the polls. We see these problems election after election, and my hope is that this bill will finally stop these practices. This bill makes voter intimidation & deception punishable by law, and it contains strong penalties. The bill also seeks to address the real harm of these crimes--people who are prevented from voting by misinformation--by establishing a process for reaching out to these misinformed voters with accurate information so they can cast their votes in time.


  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections

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Democrats participating in 07-S453

Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Corrine Brown s1oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Lois Capps s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Benjamin Cardin s1oMaryland Democrat 
William Lacy Clay s1oMissouri Democrat 
Emmanuel Cleaver s1oMissouri Democrat 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Steve Cohen s1oTennessee Democrat 
John Conyers s1oMichigan Democrat 
Henry Cuellar s1oTexas Democrat 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Artur Davis s1oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Bill Delahunt s1oMassachusetts Democrat (until 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Rahm Emanuel s1pIllinois Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Eliot Engel s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Chaka Fattah s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Al Green s1oTexas Democrat 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Phil Hare s1oIllinois Democrat (until 2010) 
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida Democrat 
Rush Holt s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Mike Honda s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Hank Johnson s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Tim Johnson s1oSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ted Kennedy s1oMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Mary Landrieu s1oLA Democratic Sr Senator 
John Larson s1oConnecticut Democrat 
Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Sander Levin s1oMichigan Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Nita Lowey s1oNew York Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Doris Matsui s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat 
James Moran s1oVirginia Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Grace Napolitano s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s1oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
Barack Obama s1pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Solomon Ortiz s1oTexas Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Charles Rangel s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Silvestre Reyes s1oTexas Democrat 
Bobby Rush s1oIllinois Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Charles Schumer s1oNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Heath Shuler s1oNorth Carolina Democrat (retiring 2012) 
Albio Sires s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Mel Watt s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Robert Wexler s1oFlorida Democrat (resigned Jan. 2010) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 
Albert Wynn s1oMaryland Democrat (Unseated 2008) 



Republicans participating in 07-S453

Tom Coburn s1oOK Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative 



Independents participating in 07-S453



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 80
Republicans: 1
Independents: 0


















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