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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published December 14, 2011

CARDIN, SCHUMER TO INTRODUCE BILL TO PROHIBIT VOTER INTIMIDATION AND VOTER SUPPRESSION



On Wednesday, December 14 at 11:30am, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) will introduce their bill to create tough new criminal and civil penalties for those who create and distribute false and deceptive voting information and campaign literature. Respecting provisions of the First Amendment, the bill is narrowly tailored to apply to only a small category of false communications that occur during the last 90 days before an election, such as literature listing the wrong date or time for the election, giving inaccurate information about voter eligibility, or promoting false endorsements of candidates.

The Cardin-Schumer legislation, prohibits deceptive practices in federal elections, creates a civil right of action and criminal penalties for violations, allows for corrective action by the Attorney General, and requires the Department of Justice to report to Congress on such activity. This legislation recognizes the power of Congress to prohibit racially discriminatory tactics in elections under the Fifteenth Amendment, Voting Rights Act, and the general power of Congress under Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution to regulate the "times, places, and manner" of federal elections.


WHAT: U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Charles Schumer introduce bill to prohibit voter intimidation and intentional voter suppression

WHEN: TODAY - Wednesday, December 14 at 11:30AM

WHERE: Senate Radio-TV Gallery
U.S. Capitol S. 325