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05-S1975 on Nov 8, 2005

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: criminalizing false or deceptive info about elections
Source: Voter Intimidation Prevention Act (S.1975/H.R.4463)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: Amends federal criminal law to prohibit any person from knowingly deceiving any other person regarding:
  1. the time, place, or manner of conducting any federal election; or
  2. the qualifications for or restrictions on voter eligibility for any such election.
Creates a private right of action for any person aggrieved by a violation of such prohibition. Prescribes a criminal penalty for such deceptive acts.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Sen. OBAMA: Voter participation is fundamental to our democracy, and we must do all we can to encourage those who can to vote. I also hope voters go to the polls with accurate information about what is on the ballot, where they are supposed to vote, and what our Nation's voting laws are.

It might surprise some of you to know, but even in this awesome age of technological advancement and easy access to information, there are folks who will stop at nothing to try to deceive people and keep them away from the polls. These deceptive practices all too often target and exploit vulnerable populations, like minorities, the disabled, or the poor.

Deceptive practices often rely on a few tried and true tricks. Voters are often warned that an unpaid parking ticket will lead to their arrest or that folks with family members who have been convicted of a crime are ineligible to vote. Of course, these warnings have no basis in fact, and they are made with one goal and one goal only: to keep Americans away from the polls.

The bill I am introducing today provides the clear statutory language and authority needed to get allegations of deceptive practices investigated. It establishes harsh penalties for those found to have perpetrated them. Deceptive practices and voter intimidation are real problems and demand real solutions like those offered in my bill.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to Senate Committee on Rules and Administration; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Government Reform
  • Headline: Criminalize false or deceptive info about elections
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections

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Democrats participating in 05-S1975

Neil Abercrombie s1oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Howard Berman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Robert Brady s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
G.K. Butterfield s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Julia Carson s1oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Elijah Cummings s1oMaryland Democrat 
Artur Davis s1oAlabama Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Peter Defazio s1oOregon Democrat 
Anna Eshoo s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Charles Gonzalez s1oTexas Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Alcee Hastings s1oFlorida Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Rush Holt s2pNew Jersey Democrat 
Sheila Jackson Lee s1oTexas Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s1oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s1oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Tom Lantos s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Barbara Lee s1oCalifornia Democrat 
John Lewis s1oGeorgia Democrat 
Zoe Lofgren s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Carolyn Maloney s1oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Jim McDermott s1oWashington Democrat 
Jim McGovern s1oMassachusetts Democrat 
Michael Michaud s1oMaine Democratic Governor Challenger 
Gwen Moore s1oWisconsin Democrat 
Jerrold Nadler s1oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Barack Obama s2pIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
Major Owens s1oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Donald Payne s1oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Dutch Ruppersberger s1oMaryland Democrat 
Linda Sanchez s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jan Schakowsky s1oIllinois Democrat 
Bobby Scott s1oVirginia Democrat 
Vic Snyder s1oArkansas Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Chris Van Hollen s1oMaryland Democrat 
Debbie Wasserman Schultz s1oFlorida Democrat 
Henry Waxman s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s1oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 



Republicans participating in 05-S1975



Independents participating in 05-S1975

Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 47
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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