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Vote Smart provides easy access to Congressional and state voting records and maintains a collection of key votes grouped by issue. Vote Smart uses the following criteria to select key votes:

  1. The vote should be helpful in portraying how a member stands on a particular issue
  2. The vote should be clear for any person to understand
  3. The vote has received media attention
  4. The vote was passed or defeated by a very close margin
  5. Occasionally, if a specific bill is consistently inquired about on the Voter's Research Hotline, the vote will be added

Vote Smart provides a summary of the version of the bill text associated with each selected key vote. The summary does not necessarily reflect the content of the final version of the bill. Summaries are written by Vote Smart's staff and interns, who adhere to the project's strict policies and procedures in order to guarantee absolute impartiality and accuracy. Each key vote selection is reviewed by the project's community of advisors, who are political scientists and journalists from all fifty states.


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Date State Bill No. Title Outcome
Dec. 16, 2015 MI SB 571 Amends Ballot Advertising Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
Dec. 16, 2015 MI SB 571 Amends Ballot Advertising Restrictions Bill Passed - House (58 - 48)
Aug. 20, 2015 CA AB 1100 Increases Ballot Initiative Fee Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 31)
Aug. 17, 2015 CA AB 1100 Increases Ballot Initiative Fee Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
June 3, 2015 NH SB 179 Amends Residency Requirement for Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - House (211 - 145)
June 2, 2015 CA AB 1461 Establishes the California New Motor Voter Program Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
May 27, 2015 OH HB 153 Amends Date of Presidential Primary Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
May 26, 2015 CA AB 884 Requires the Attorney General to Denote Ballot Initiatives That May Be Unconstitutional Bill Passed - House (50 - 26)
May 26, 2015 CA AB 1100 Increases Ballot Initiative Fee Bill Passed - House (46 - 28)
May 21, 2015 KS HB 2104 Requires Local Elections to be Moved from Spring to Fall Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 58)
May 12, 2015 NV SB 421 Amends Primary Elections Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
May 11, 2015 MN SF 455 Amends Elections Laws Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 28)
April 27, 2015 IN SB 466 Amends Voting Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 8)
April 23, 2015 MN SF 878 Authorizes Gun Silencers and Expands Ex-Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
April 21, 2015 ND HB 1333 Amends Valid Forms of Voter Identification Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 23)
April 16, 2015 NV AB 252 Establishes Legislative Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
April 15, 2015 MT SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
April 10, 2015 WA SB 5153 Requires Nonprofits to Disclose Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
April 8, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
April 8, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Veto Override Passed - House (111 - 49)
April 6, 2015 ND HB 1181 Requires Special Election to Fill Vacant Senate Seat Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
April 2, 2015 GA SB 127 Exempts Certain Public Officials from Late Filing Fees Conference Report Rejected - Senate (22 - 33)
April 1, 2015 NC SB 181 Requires the Redistricting of Wake County Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
March 30, 2015 AZ HB 2608 Amends Signature Requirements for Political Candidate Nominations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
March 28, 2015 MT SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - House (51 - 48)
March 26, 2015 NH SB 179 Amends Residency Requirement for Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 10)
March 19, 2015 IA SF 331 Authorizes Online Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
March 18, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Concurrence Vote Passed - House (110 - 45)
March 18, 2015 IA SF 437 Authorizes Employees to Take Unpaid Leave to Participate in a Presidential Precinct Caucus Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
March 17, 2015 NM HB 340 Amends Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (37 - 29)
March 12, 2015 MO HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
March 12, 2015 NC SB 181 Requires the Redistricting of Wake County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
March 11, 2015 AZ SCR 1001 Amends Citizens Clean Elections Fund Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
March 10, 2015 SD SB 69 Amends Procedures for Elections and Election Petitions Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
March 9, 2015 KY HB 203 Increases Limit on Individual Campaign Donations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
March 6, 2015 AZ SB 1340 Requires Photo Identification for Early Ballot Volunteers Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
March 5, 2015 OR HB 2177 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
March 3, 2015 OK SB 315 Amends Absentee Ballot Application Procedure Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 7)
Feb. 26, 2015 MT SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
Feb. 26, 2015 KS SB 171 Amends Voting Schedule Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
Feb. 25, 2015 AZ HB 2608 Amends Signature Requirements for Political Candidate Nominations Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
Feb. 23, 2015 NJ S 2430 Requires Disclosure of Political Contributions Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
Feb. 20, 2015 OR HB 2177 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
Feb. 19, 2015 MO HJR 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (118 - 39)
Feb. 19, 2015 MO HB 30 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (118 - 37)
Feb. 19, 2015 MO SB 104 Establishes Deadline for Changes to Ballot Measures Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
Feb. 3, 2015 WV SB 249 Repeals Straight-Ticket Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)
Date No. Title Outcome
12/16 SB 571 Amends Ballot Advertising Restrictions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (25 - 12)
12/16 SB 571 Amends Ballot Advertising Restrictions Bill Passed - House (58 - 48)
8/20 AB 1100 Increases Ballot Initiative Fee Concurrence Vote Passed - House (48 - 31)
8/17 AB 1100 Increases Ballot Initiative Fee Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 14)
6/03 SB 179 Amends Residency Requirement for Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - House (211 - 145)
6/02 AB 1461 Establishes the California New Motor Voter Program Bill Passed - House (52 - 26)
5/27 HB 153 Amends Date of Presidential Primary Bill Passed - Senate (23 - 10)
5/26 AB 884 Requires the Attorney General to Denote Ballot Initiatives That May Be Unconstitutional Bill Passed - House (50 - 26)
5/26 AB 1100 Increases Ballot Initiative Fee Bill Passed - House (46 - 28)
5/21 HB 2104 Requires Local Elections to be Moved from Spring to Fall Conference Report Adopted - House (64 - 58)
5/12 SB 421 Amends Primary Elections Procedures Bill Passed - Senate (11 - 9)
5/11 SF 455 Amends Elections Laws Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 28)
4/27 SB 466 Amends Voting Regulations Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (38 - 8)
4/23 SF 878 Authorizes Gun Silencers and Expands Ex-Felon Voting Rights Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 22)
4/21 HB 1333 Amends Valid Forms of Voter Identification Concurrence Vote Passed - House (68 - 23)
4/16 AB 252 Establishes Legislative Redistricting Commission Bill Passed - House (24 - 17)
4/15 SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (30 - 20)
4/10 SB 5153 Requires Nonprofits to Disclose Campaign Contributions Bill Passed - House (65 - 32)
4/08 HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Veto Override Passed - Senate (24 - 9)
4/08 HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Veto Override Passed - House (111 - 49)
4/06 HB 1181 Requires Special Election to Fill Vacant Senate Seat Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 20)
4/02 SB 127 Exempts Certain Public Officials from Late Filing Fees Conference Report Rejected - Senate (22 - 33)
4/01 SB 181 Requires the Redistricting of Wake County Bill Passed - House (66 - 47)
3/30 HB 2608 Amends Signature Requirements for Political Candidate Nominations Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
3/28 SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - House (51 - 48)
3/26 SB 179 Amends Residency Requirement for Voter Eligibility Bill Passed - Senate (13 - 10)
3/19 SF 331 Authorizes Online Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 20)
3/18 HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Concurrence Vote Passed - House (110 - 45)
3/18 SF 437 Authorizes Employees to Take Unpaid Leave to Participate in a Presidential Precinct Caucus Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 24)
3/17 HB 340 Amends Voter Identification Requirements Bill Passed - House (37 - 29)
3/12 HB 63 Prohibits Superintendents from Serving on Certain School Boards Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 3)
3/12 SB 181 Requires the Redistricting of Wake County Bill Passed - Senate (32 - 16)
3/11 SCR 1001 Amends Citizens Clean Elections Fund Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (17 - 12)
3/10 SB 69 Amends Procedures for Elections and Election Petitions Bill Passed - House (41 - 25)
3/09 HB 203 Increases Limit on Individual Campaign Donations Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
3/06 SB 1340 Requires Photo Identification for Early Ballot Volunteers Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 12)
3/05 HB 2177 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - Senate (17 - 13)
3/03 SB 315 Amends Absentee Ballot Application Procedure Bill Passed - Senate (38 - 7)
2/26 SB 289 Requires Certain Political Groups to Disclose Expenditures Bill Passed - Senate (28 - 22)
2/26 SB 171 Amends Voting Schedule Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 18)
2/25 HB 2608 Amends Signature Requirements for Political Candidate Nominations Bill Passed - House (35 - 23)
2/23 S 2430 Requires Disclosure of Political Contributions Bill Passed - House (53 - 15)
2/20 HB 2177 Establishes Automatic Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (35 - 24)
2/19 HJR 1 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (118 - 39)
2/19 HB 30 Requires Photo Identification to Vote Bill Passed - House (118 - 37)
2/19 SB 104 Establishes Deadline for Changes to Ballot Measures Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
2/03 SB 249 Repeals Straight-Ticket Voting Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 8)

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