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Titles (4)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

Short Titles as Reported to House

Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

Short Titles as Introduced

Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (3)

Date Actions Overview
12/06/2019Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 228 - 187 (Roll no. 654).(text: CR H9308-9312)
11/29/2019Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 116-317.
02/26/2019Introduced in House

All Actions (23)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/27/2020-12:35pmHousePursuant to the provisions of H. Con. Res. 107, enrollment corrections on H.R. 4 have been made.
12/09/2019SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
12/06/2019-12:41pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
12/06/2019-12:41pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 228 - 187 (Roll no. 654). (text: CR H9308-9312)
12/06/2019-12:33pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 200 - 215 (Roll no. 653).
12/06/2019-12:25pmHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
12/06/2019-12:13pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rodney Davis (IL) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment inserting a new section entitled rule of construction which states that nothing in this Act may be construed to allow fines or other amounts paid to the United States in connection with a violation of title I of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 including any amount paid pursuant to a settlement agreement, to be used to make a payment in support of a campaign for election for the office of Senator or Representative in, or Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress.
12/06/2019-12:12pmHouseMr. Davis, Rodney moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H9331)
12/06/2019-12:12pmHousePursuant to clause 1(c) of Rule XIX proceedings on H.R. 4 resumed. (consideration: CR H9331-9334)
12/06/2019-11:41amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - Pursuant to clause 1(c) of rule XIX, the Chair postponed further proceedings on H.R. 4.
12/06/2019-11:41amHouseThe previous question was ordered without objection.
12/06/2019-10:29amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4.
12/06/2019-10:28amHouseThe resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 4 under a closed rule with one hour of general debate. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H. Res. 326 under a closed rule with one hour of general debate. The rule provides that the amendments to H. Res. 326 and preamble, modified by the amendments in Part B of the report are considered as adopted.
12/06/2019-10:28amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 741. (consideration: CR H9308-9330)
12/04/2019-8:31pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 741 Reported to House. The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 4 under a closed rule with one hour of general debate. Also, the resolution provides for consideration of H. Res. 326 under a closed rule with one hour of general debate. The rule provides that the amendments to H. Res. 326 and preamble, modified by the amendments in Part B of the report are considered as adopted.
11/29/2019HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 258.
11/29/2019HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 116-317.
10/23/2019HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
10/23/2019HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 19 - 6.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
10/22/2019HouseSubcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Discharged.
03/25/2019HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/26/2019HouseReferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
02/26/2019HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (229)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Lewis, John [D-GA-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-12]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Clyburn, James E. [D-SC-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lujan, Ben Ray [D-NM-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Chu, Judy [D-CA-27]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Castro, Joaquin [D-TX-20]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Jeffries, Hakeem S. [D-NY-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Aguilar, Pete [D-CA-31]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Allred, Colin Z. [D-TX-32]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Bass, Karen [D-CA-37]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Beatty, Joyce [D-OH-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Beyer, Donald S., Jr. [D-VA-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Blunt Rochester, Lisa [D-DE-At Large]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Bonamici, Suzanne [D-OR-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Boyle, Brendan F. [D-PA-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Brown, Anthony G. [D-MD-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Brownley, Julia [D-CA-26]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Bustos, Cheri [D-IL-17]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cardenas, Tony [D-CA-29]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Carson, Andre [D-IN-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cartwright, Matt [D-PA-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cicilline, David N. [D-RI-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cisneros, Gilbert Ray, Jr. [D-CA-39]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Clark, Katherine M. [D-MA-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Clarke, Yvette D. [D-NY-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Connolly, Gerald E. [D-VA-11]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cooper, Jim [D-TN-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cox, TJ [D-CA-21]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Craig, Angie [D-MN-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Crist, Charlie [D-FL-13]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Dean, Madeleine [D-PA-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. DelBene, Suzan K. [D-WA-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Delgado, Antonio [D-NY-19]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Demings, Val Butler [D-FL-10]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Deutch, Theodore E. [D-FL-22]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Dingell, Debbie [D-MI-12]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Doggett, Lloyd [D-TX-35]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Doyle, Michael F. [D-PA-18]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-16]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Escobar, Veronica [D-TX-16]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-18]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Espaillat, Adriano [D-NY-13]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Gallego, Ruben [D-AZ-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Garamendi, John [D-CA-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Gomez, Jimmy [D-CA-34]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Gottheimer, Josh [D-NJ-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Green, Al [D-TX-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Haaland, Debra A. [D-NM-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Heck, Denny [D-WA-10]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Higgins, Brian [D-NY-26]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Hill, Katie [D-CA-25]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Himes, James A. [D-CT-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Horsford, Steven [D-NV-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Huffman, Jared [D-CA-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Jayapal, Pramila [D-WA-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [D-GA-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Keating, William R. [D-MA-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Khanna, Ro [D-CA-17]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kilmer, Derek [D-WA-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Krishnamoorthi, Raja [D-IL-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kuster, Ann M. [D-NH-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lamb, Conor [D-PA-17]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lawson, Al, Jr. [D-FL-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lee, Barbara [D-CA-13]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lieu, Ted [D-CA-33]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lowenthal, Alan S. [D-CA-47]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lowey, Nita M. [D-NY-17]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lynch, Stephen F. [D-MA-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-12]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Maloney, Sean Patrick [D-NY-18]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Matsui, Doris O. [D-CA-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. McBath, Lucy [D-GA-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. McCollum, Betty [D-MN-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. McEachin, A. Donald [D-VA-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. McGovern, James P. [D-MA-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Meeks, Gregory W. [D-NY-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Meng, Grace [D-NY-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Moore, Gwen [D-WI-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Morelle, Joseph D. [D-NY-25]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Moulton, Seth [D-MA-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Mucarsel-Powell, Debbie [D-FL-26]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Murphy, Stephanie N. [D-FL-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Napolitano, Grace F. [D-CA-32]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, Alexandria [D-NY-14]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Omar, Ilhan [D-MN-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Panetta, Jimmy [D-CA-20]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pappas, Chris [D-NH-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Perlmutter, Ed [D-CO-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Peters, Scott H. [D-CA-52]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pressley, Ayanna [D-MA-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Quigley, Mike [D-IL-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Raskin, Jamie [D-MD-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Rice, Kathleen M. [D-NY-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Rouda, Harley [D-CA-48]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D-CA-40]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Rush, Bobby L. [D-IL-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Ryan, Tim [D-OH-13]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-38]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Schiff, Adam B. [D-CA-28]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Schneider, Bradley Scott [D-IL-10]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Schrier, Kim [D-WA-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-15]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Shalala, Donna E. [D-FL-27]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Sherman, Brad [D-CA-30]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Sherrill, Mikie [D-NJ-11]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Sires, Albio [D-NJ-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Smith, Adam [D-WA-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Soto, Darren [D-FL-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Spanberger, Abigail Davis [D-VA-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Speier, Jackie [D-CA-14]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Suozzi, Thomas R. [D-NY-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Swalwell, Eric [D-CA-15]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Takano, Mark [D-CA-41]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Titus, Dina [D-NV-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Tlaib, Rashida [D-MI-13]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Tonko, Paul [D-NY-20]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Torres, Norma J. [D-CA-35]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Trahan, Lori [D-MA-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Vela, Filemon [D-TX-34]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-23]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Watson Coleman, Bonnie [D-NJ-12]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Wild, Susan [D-PA-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Wilson, Frederica S. [D-FL-24]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Case, Ed [D-HI-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Castor, Kathy [D-FL-14]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cohen, Steve [D-TN-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Davids, Sharice [D-KS-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. DeSaulnier, Mark [D-CA-11]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Finkenauer, Abby [D-IA-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Fletcher, Lizzie [D-TX-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Cuellar, Henry [D-TX-28]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Crow, Jason [D-CO-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Fudge, Marcia L. [D-OH-11]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kildee, Daniel T. [D-MI-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Levin, Andy [D-MI-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Levin, Mike [D-CA-49]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Loebsack, David [D-IA-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-19]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Neguse, Joe [D-CO-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Phillips, Dean [D-MN-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Pingree, Chellie [D-ME-1]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Ruiz, Raul [D-CA-36]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Sarbanes, John P. [D-MD-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Slotkin, Elissa [D-MI-8]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Stanton, Greg [D-AZ-9]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Stevens, Haley M. [D-MI-11]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Underwood, Lauren [D-IL-14]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Veasey, Marc A. [D-TX-33]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-7]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-43]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Wexton, Jennifer [D-VA-10]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Porter, Katie [D-CA-45]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Vargas, Juan [D-CA-51]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Garcia, Jesus G. "Chuy" [D-IL-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Gonzalez, Vicente [D-TX-15]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Trone, David J. [D-MD-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Courtney, Joe [D-CT-2]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Horn, Kendra S. [D-OK-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Barragan, Nanette Diaz [D-CA-44]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Davis, Susan A. [D-CA-53]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Evans, Dwight [D-PA-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Frankel, Lois [D-FL-21]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Grijalva, Raul M. [D-AZ-3]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Hayes, Jahana [D-CT-5]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-10]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Kennedy, Joseph P., III [D-MA-4]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Houlahan, Chrissy [D-PA-6]* 02/26/2019
Rep. Yarmuth, John A. [D-KY-3] 03/13/2019
Rep. Lee, Susie [D-NV-3] 03/13/2019
Rep. Kim, Andy [D-NJ-3] 03/13/2019
Rep. Garcia, Sylvia R. [D-TX-29] 03/13/2019
Rep. Carbajal, Salud O. [D-CA-24] 03/13/2019
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] 03/13/2019
Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 03/13/2019
Rep. Rose, Max [D-NY-11] 03/13/2019
Rep. Payne, Donald M., Jr. [D-NJ-10] 03/13/2019
Rep. Luria, Elaine G. [D-VA-2] 03/13/2019
Rep. Axne, Cynthia [D-IA-3] 03/13/2019
Rep. Neal, Richard E. [D-MA-1] 03/18/2019
Rep. Malinowski, Tom [D-NJ-7] 03/21/2019
Rep. Langevin, James R. [D-RI-2] 04/12/2019
Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI-2] 05/02/2019
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] 05/17/2019
Rep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1] 09/12/2019
Rep. Correa, J. Luis [D-CA-46] 09/27/2019
Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5] 11/08/2019
Rep. Torres Small, Xochitl [D-NM-2] 11/13/2019
Rep. Golden, Jared F. [D-ME-2] 11/15/2019
Rep. Cunningham, Joe [D-SC-1] 11/19/2019

Committees (2)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary02/26/2019 Referred to
10/23/2019 Markup by
11/29/2019 Reported by H. Rept. 116-317
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties03/25/2019 Referred to
10/22/2019 Discharged from
Senate Judiciary12/09/2019 Referred to

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Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House (12/06/2019)

Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019

This bill establishes new criteria for determining which states and political subdivisions must obtain preclearance before changes to voting practices in these areas may take effect. (Preclearance is the process of receiving preapproval from the Department of Justice or the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia before making legal changes that would affect voting rights.)

A state and all of its political subdivisions shall be subject to preclearance of voting practice changes for a 10-year period if (1) 15 or more voting rights violations occurred in the state during the previous 25 years; or (2) 10 or more violations occurred during the previous 25 years, at least one of which was committed by the state itself. A political subdivision as a separate unit shall also be subject to preclearance for a 10-year period if three or more voting rights violations occurred there during the previous 25 years.

A state or political subdivision that obtains a declaratory judgment that it has not used a voting practice to deny or abridge the right to vote shall be exempt from preclearance.

All jurisdictions must preclear changes to requirements for documentation to vote that make the requirements more stringent than federal requirements for voters who register by mail or state law.

The bill specifies practices jurisdictions meeting certain thresholds regarding racial minority groups, language minority groups, or minority groups on Indian land, must preclear before implementing. These practices include changes to methods of election, changes to jurisdiction boundaries, redistricting, changes to voting locations and opportunities, and changes to voter registration list maintenance.

The bill expands the circumstances under which (1) a court may retain the authority to preclear voting changes made by a state or political subdivision, or (2) the Department of Justice may assign election observers.

States and political subdivisions must notify the public of changes to voting practices.

The bill revises the circumstances under which a court must grant preliminary injunctive relief in a challenge to voting practices.