Summary: H.R.263 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (01/30/2001)

Election Reform Act of 2001 - Establishes the Election Administration Commission to: (1) develop, update, and adopt voluntary engineering and procedural performance standards for voting systems used in Federal, State, and local elections; (2) advise States regarding compliance with the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act; (3) develop, adopt, and update voluntary procedures for maintaining and enhancing the accessibility of registration facilities, polling places, and voting methods; (4) have primary responsibility to carry out Federal functions under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (the Act); (5) develop, update, and adopt recommendations for voluntary procedures for maintaining and enhancing the administration of Federal, State, and local elections; (6) carry out the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 regarding mail voter registration; (7) make Federal election system information available to the public and media; (8) assemble bipartisan panels of election professionals to assist any State election official, upon request, in review of election or vote counting procedures in Federal, State, and local elections; and (9) compile the official certified results of Federal elections and statistics on national voter registration and turnout.

Directs the Commission to: (1) make periodic studies of issues related to election administration; and (2) solicit and review applications from, and award grants to, State and local governments to improve and modernize election administration.

Transfers to the Commission all functions that the Office of Election Administration of the Federal Election Commission exercised before enactment of this Act.

Establishes the Election Administration Advisory Board to advise the Commission on the best practices in election administration.

Amends the Act to mandate certain State actions (currently only recommended) in order to maximize access to the polls by absent uniformed services voters.