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January 28, 2013

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn calls for sweeping election reform

Sweeping changes to the way voters register, cast ballots and ensure their vote counts would take effect if a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law.

Sweeping changes to the way voters register, cast ballots and ensure their vote counts would take effect if a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law.

Called the Voter Empowerment Act of 2013, the bill calls for changing existing election laws that serve as impediments to voting, said U.S. Rep. James Clyburn at a news conference Monday in Columbia.

The bill’s provisions include:

• Allowing online voter registration and registration on Election Day
• Mandating early voting
• Preventing long lines by creating a one-hour voting requirement
• Expanding opportunities for people with disabilities to cast ballots
• Requiring voter-verified paper ballots
• Restoring the right to vote to those convicted of a criminal offense not serving a sentence

The bill also includes some money to help states implement the changes.

The bill is similar to one that was unsuccessful last year in the U.S. House.

Check back for more details.

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