What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Enfranchising the Disenfranchised/Voting Rights : S 565. Election Reform/Cloture Vote on Bill to Improve Accessibility and Reliability of Nation's Voting Systems.
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S 565. Election Reform/Cloture Vote on Bill to Improve Accessibility and Reliability of Nation's Voting Systems.
senate Roll Call 40     Mar 04, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

In response to the vote-counting problems of the 2000 presidential election, the House and Senate each put together similar packages of election reforms. Both bills authorized money for new voting machines and updated federal election standards. But in the Senate, debate stalled over a requirement in the bill that first-time voters who register by mail provide a driver's license or other proof of identification and residency when going to the polls. Proponents of the provision (mostly Republican), refused to support the bill without it. Yet senators from Washington and Oregon-whose elections are mostly or entirely conducted by mail-insisted that there be some guarantee their state's systems would not be disrupted. The vote at hand was a motion to limit debate and bring the bill to a final vote, effectively overlooking these disagreements. Also called "cloture," the motion requires 60 votes in the Senate to pass. This was also the second cloture motion on the bill in three days. Progressives voted for cloture, because they supported the underlying bill as a way to make voting easier and the count more accurate. Though cloture received more votes this time, it still fell short of the 60 votes needed, 51-44. Afterward, Majority Leader Daschle (D-ND) moved the Senate on to other business for the immediate future.

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