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Introduced in House (02/02/2005)

Voting Opportunity and Technology Enhancement Rights Act of 2005 - Makes it unlawful for any person to engage in unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting voting in Federal elections. Directs the Attorney General to prevent persons, partnerships, or corporations from using unfair or deceptive acts or practices in or affecting voting in Federal elections.

Directs the Attorney General to carry out certain activities and prescribe rules regarding complaints alleging such acts or practices.

Provides for civil actions for violations of rules and cease and desist orders respecting unfair or deceptive acts or practices.

Amends the Federal criminal code to establish criminal penalties for such acts or practices, including conspiracy.

Requires the Attorney General to direct the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division and the Chief of the Voting Section to: (1) develop and implement procedures to ensure that the Voting Section has a reliable method of tracking and documenting allegations of voting irregularities and actions taken to address them; and (2) implement a method to track and report on election monitoring program activities in the Interactive Case Management System.

Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 with respect to: (1) use of national Federal write-in absentee ballot; (2) verified ballots; (3) preservation of records; (4) requirements for counting provisional ballots; (5) minimum required voting systems and poll workers in polling places; (6) standards for establishing the minimum required voting systems and poll workers; (7) election day registration; (8) removal from voter registration list; (9) early voting; (10) acceleration of study on election day as a public holiday; (11) voting systems and voter registration; (12) Internet registration; (13) establishing voter identification; (14) Election Administration requirements; (15) standards and training for election officials working at polling places; (16) requiring use of publicly available open source software in voting machines; (17) standards for conducting recounts; and (18) prohibiting agreements with entities failing to meet anti-conflict of interest standards for entities involved with voting machines.