This bill ― the Citizenship Empowerment Act― would require that all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens be uniformly provided voter registration forms at naturalization ceremonies.
What is House Bill H.R. 3113?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3113
In-Depth: Authored by Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA), this bill would ensure that newly sworn-in citizens are able to immediately have the ability to register to vote, and fully exercise their right to influence elections and choose worthy candidates that will lead their new country.
“We should do everything within our power to make it easier for Americans to vote, as that is the fundamental tool for ensuring a more perfect union,” said Chairman Crowley. “Newly sworn-in American have demonstrated their commitment and dedication to our country, and they are often eager to make their voices heard. Providing voter registration forms at naturalization ceremonies would go a long way into making that a reality.”
First introduced in July, 2017, this bill will require that voter registration forms be supplied to new citizens, whereas it is currently only allowed, but not required by federal law.
“The right to vote is the foundation of our democratic system. We should make it easier, not harder, for citizens to vote or register to vote whenever possible,” said Congressman Boyle. “We should do all we can to provide all citizens a fair opportunity to participate in our democracy—and in fact encourage them to do so—regardless of the location where they happen to become a naturalized citizen.”
The United States has notoriously low voter participation rates, and this may spur more citizens to vote come election time.
- Sponsoring Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) Press Release
- Sponsoring Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA) Press Release
Summary by Lucas McConnell
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Citizenship Empowerment Act
To require the chief election officials of the States to provide voter registration forms at certain naturalization proceedings, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AdministrationIntroducedJune 29th, 2017
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