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Democracy Restoration Act of 2009

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Official Titles as Introduced

A bill to secure the Federal voting rights of persons who have been released from incarceration.

Actions Overview (1)

07/24/2009Introduced in Senate

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07/24/2009Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text of measure as introduced: CR S8096-8097)
Action By: Senate
07/24/2009Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S8095-8096)
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (4)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Whitehouse, Sheldon [D-RI]* 07/24/2009
Sen. Cardin, Benjamin L. [D-MD]* 07/24/2009
Sen. Specter, Arlen [D-PA] 08/07/2009
Sen. Durbin, Richard J. [D-IL] 03/11/2010

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Senate Judiciary07/24/2009 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (07/24/2009)

Democracy Restoration Act of 2009 - Declares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence in a correctional institution or facility. Provides for enforcement and remedies for violations of this Act.

Specifies that: (1) nothing in this Act shall be construed to prohibit a state from enacting any state law that affords the right to vote in any election for federal office on terms less restrictive than those terms established by this Act; and (2) the rights and remedies established by this Act shall be in addition to all other rights and remedies provided by law, and shall not supersede, restrict, or limit the application of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 or the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Prohibits any state, unit of local government, or other person from receiving or using any federal grant amounts to construct or improve a place of incarceration unless that person has a program to notify each U.S. citizen incarcerated in that person's jurisdiction, on release from such incarceration, of that individual's rights under this Act.