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Conyers introduces bill to fight voter caging.

By Amanda Terkel on January 17, 2008 at 4:35 pm

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI) today introduced the Caging Prohibition Act of 2008, which would outlaw the practice of voter caging, with the following provisions:

– Provides that the right to register to vote or vote shall not be denied by election officials if the denial is based on voter caging and other questionable challenges not corroborated by independent evidence.

– Prohibits persons other than election officials from challenging a voter’s eligibility based on voter caging and other questionable challenges.

– Requires that any voter challenge by persons other than election officials be based on personal, first-hand knowledge.

– Designates voter-caging and other questionable challenges intended to disqualify eligible voters as felonies, crimes eligible for fines up to $250,000, five years imprisonment, or both.

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