H.R.2: National Voter Registration Act of 1993

About This Bill

  • This bill was introduced in the 103rd Congress
  • This bill is primarily about congress
  • Introduced Jan. 5, 1993
  • Latest Major Action May 20, 1993

Bill Cosponsors

73 (72 Democrats, 1 Republican)

Bill Summary

National Voter Registration Act of 1993 - Requires each State to establish Federal election voter registration procedures by: (1) application made simultaneously with a driver's license application; (2) mail; and (3) application in person at a designated Federal, State, or nongovernmental office, or at the applicant's residential registration site in accordance with State law. Declares that this Act does not apply to any State that has no...

(Source: Library of Congress)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.
Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
Referred to the Subcommittee on Elections.
Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee.
AMENDMENTS TO LEGISLATION - Mr. Moakley notified the House that Members wishing to offer amendments to the bill should submit 55 copies of proposed amendments to the Committee on Rules, room H 312, Capitol, by Noon on February 1st.
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 9 - 3.
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on House Administration. H. Rept. 103-9.
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 2.
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 59 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. All points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with clause 2(l)(6) of rule XI are waived. The amendments recommended by the Committee on House Administration now printed in the bill and the amendment printed in part 1 of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order.
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure.
Rule H. Res. 59 passed House.
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 59.
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit. All points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with clause 2(l)(6) of rule XI are waived. The amendments recommended by the Committee on House Administration now printed in the bill and the amendment printed in part 1 of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. Measure will be considered read. A specified amendment is in order.
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 59 and Rule XXIII.
The Speaker designated the Honorable Jim McDermott to act as Chairman of the Committee.
GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate.
The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2.
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
Mr. Thomas (CA) moved to recommit with instructions to House Administration.
DEBATE - The House proceeded with ten minutes of debate on the Thomas of California motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the Thomas motion would require the Committee on House Administration to report the bill back to the House with an amendment which strikes lines 15 through 24 on page 29 and inserts a new section 13. The new section contains language which seeks to impose certification procedures upon voter registration processes under the bill. The new section also seeks to impose a requirement upon the chief election officials of States to report to the Attorney General that sufficient procedures exist in their States to prevent persons who do not have United States citizenship from being registered to vote. Such certifications would then be forwarded to the Attorney General no later than Jan. 1, 1996.
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 166 - 253 (Roll no. 25).
On passage Passed by recorded vote: 259 - 160 (Roll no. 26).
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Received in the Senate and read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules.
Senate Committee on Rules discharged by Unanimous Consent.
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
Senate struck all after the Enacting Clause and substituted the language of S. 460 amended.
Passed Senate in lieu of S. 460 with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 62-37. Record Vote No: 38.
Senate insisted on its amendment, requested a conference.
Senate appointed conferees Ford; Pell; Inouye; McConnell; Warner.
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Mr. Swift asked unanimous consent that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference.
On motion that the House disagree to the Senate amendment, and agree to a conference Agreed to without objection.
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Mr. Thomas (CA) moved that the House instruct conferees.
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the motion to instruct conferees on the part of the House to accept the language of the Senate amendment, which would permit, but not mandate, the designation of certain state offices as voter registration agencies; and the Senate language regarding registration at polling places on election day.
The previous question was ordered without objection.
On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 192 - 222 (Roll No. 129).
The Speaker appointed conferees: Rose, Swift, Frost, Hoyer, Kleczka, Conyers, Thomas (CA), Livingston, and Roberts.
Conference held.
Conferees agreed to file conference report.
Conference report H. Rept. 103-66 filed.
Conference papers: Senate report and managers' statement held at the desk in Senate.
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 163 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of the conference report to H.R. 2. During consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2, points of order against the conference report for failure to comply with clause 3 of rule XXVIII are waived.
Rule H. Res. 163 passed House.
Mr. Swift brought up conference report H. Rept. 103-66 for consideration under the provisions of H. Res. 163.
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on the conference report.
The previous question was ordered without objection.
Mr. Livingston moved to recommit with instructions to the conference committee.
RECOMMIT WITH INSTRUCTIONS - The motion seeks to require the managers of the conference on the part of the House to include in their report the provision found in Section 13 of the Senate amendment. Section 13 provides that nothing in this Act shall prevent a State from requiring presentation of documentation relating to citizenship of an applicant for voter registration.
On motion to recommit with instructions to conference committee Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 170 - 253 (Roll no. 153).
On agreeing to the conference report Agreed to by recorded vote: 259 - 164 (Roll no. 154).
Motions to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Conference papers: message on House action held at the desk in Senate.
Conference report considered in Senate.
Cloture motion on the conference report to accompany H.R.2 presented in Senate.
Conference report considered in Senate.
Second cloture motion on the conference report to accompany H.R.2 presented in Senate.
Conference report considered in Senate.
Cloture on the conference report on H.R.2 invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 63-37. Record Vote No: 117.
Senate agreed to conference report by Yea-Nay Vote. 62-36. Record Vote No: 118.
Cleared for White House.
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
Presented to President.
Signed by President.
Became Public Law No: 103-31.
Jan. 5, 1993

Introduced in the House by Allan Byron Swift (D-Wash.)

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