“The Voter Empowerment Act will require all universities that receive federal funds to offer and encourage voter registration to their students,” says a fact sheet about the bill posted on Lewis’s website
The legislation (H.R. 5799) seeks to broaden access to the polls and “address the unprecedented efforts to turn back the clock and erect barriers to voting,” a fact sheet says.
Democrats are billing H.R. 5799 as “comprehensive voting rights legislation.”
Section 1301 of the bill would expand the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, which required state agencies such as Department of Motor Vehicle offices to provide voter registration, to every college or university that receives federal funding, treating them as “Voter Registration Agencies.
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