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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
April 14, 2021 WI SB 210 Requires Election Administrators Allow Election Observers to be No More Than 3 Feet Away from Voter Registration Tables Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
April 14, 2021 WI SB 213 Authorizes Individuals to File Election Law Violation Claims Against Election Officials Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
April 8, 2021 TN HB 1448 Authorizes Non-Resident Property Owners to Vote in Municipal Elections Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
April 8, 2021 TN SB 1120 Prohibits a Multi-Candidate Political Campaign Committee Officer from Running for State Office if Lawyer Fees Remain Unpaid Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
April 8, 2021 NH HB 98 Establishes a New Date for the State Primary Bill Passed - House (195 - 174)
April 7, 2021 AZ HCR 2023 Prohibits the Federal Government's Interference in the State's Elections Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
April 7, 2021 ID S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
April 1, 2021 TX SB 7 Prohibits Election Officials from Mailing Unsolicited Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
April 1, 2021 AR SB 486 Prohibits Individuals from Entering or Remaining in an Area Where Voting is Taking Place Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
March 31, 2021 NY S 5545 Amends Statute's Definition of an Absentee Voter Bill Passed - House (138 - 8)
March 31, 2021 WV HB 3307 Establishes the Social Media Integrity and Anti-Corruption in Elections Act Bill Passed - House (72 - 28)
March 31, 2021 SC S 499 Requires Legislative Oversight Over Governor Election Commission Appointments Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
March 30, 2021 DE SB 5 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMVs Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
March 25, 2021 NJ S 3203 Requires an In Person Early Voting Period for Certain Elecions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
March 25, 2021 GA SB 202 Amends Election Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
March 25, 2021 GA SB 202 Amends Election Laws Bill Passed - House (100 - 74)
March 25, 2021 MO HB 738 Establishes New Voter ID Laws Bill Passed - House (109 - 48)
March 22, 2021 MD HB 222 Expands Voting Access for Incarcerated Individuals Bill Passed - House (95 - 39)
March 20, 2021 MD HB 1047 Expands Access to Mail-In Voting Bill Passed - House (95 - 38)
March 19, 2021 MT HB 385 Increases the Number of Electors Needed to Sign a Constitutional Initiative Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
March 18, 2021 IL HB 1871 Extends Ballot Drop Boxes and Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (70 - 41)
March 17, 2021 IA SF 568 Amends Election Law Related to Amendments to the State Constitution Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
March 16, 2021 KY HB 574 Authorizes Early In-Person Voting and Mail-In Voting Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 3)
March 16, 2021 AL HB 167 Prohibits Voting in the Same Election in Alabama and In Another State Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
March 15, 2021 TN HB 0501 Reduces the Number of Campaign Finance Filing Dates to Quarterly in Election Years and Semi-Annually in Non-Election Years. Bill Passed - House (53 - 32)
March 12, 2021 ND HCR 3047 Alleges Congress Should Not Adopt HR 1 Bill Passed - House (79 - 13)
March 11, 2021 MA H 73 Establishes That Early Voting by Mail-In Ballot Can Continue Through the End of June Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
March 11, 2021 ME LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
March 11, 2021 MD SB 10 Prohibits Individuals from Possessing a Firearm Within 100 Feet of a Polling Site Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
March 10, 2021 ME LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
March 10, 2021 SC H 3444 Authorizes the State Election Commission to Establish Statewide Election Laws and Procedures Bill Passed - House (84 - 36)
March 10, 2021 AZ SCR 1034 Limits the Voter Protection Act Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 9, 2021 HI SB 550 Establishes New Age Requirements for Voting in Primaries Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 1)
March 9, 2021 MI HB 4128 Rescinds a Voter's Registration if They Have Not Voted Since 2000 Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
March 9, 2021 MI HB 4127 Requires the Secretary of State Notify People Before Canceling Their Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
March 9, 2021 MI HB 4134 Requires Maintaining a List of "Permanent Absent Voters" Bill Passed - House (79 - 30)
March 9, 2021 HI SB 560 Establishes Rank-Choice Voting For County Council Seats Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 0)
March 8, 2021 GA SB 241 Limits Absentee Voting to Individuals 65 and Older (29 - 20)
March 8, 2021 AZ SB 1713 Repeals Early Ballot Laws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 4, 2021 NH SB 54 Establishes New Requirements for Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
March 4, 2021 AZ HCR 2023 Prohibits the Federal Government's Interference in the State's Elections Joint Resolution Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2021 AZ HB 2794 Prohibits Election Officials from Changing Election Related Deadlines Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2021 AZ HB 2792 Prohibits Sending Ballots to Voters Not on the Permanent Early Voting List Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
March 4, 2021 AZ HB 2302 Prohibits Settlement of Election-Related Civil Actions in Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2021 AZ HB 2039 Increases the Number of Hand-Counted Ballots Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
March 4, 2021 AZ HB 2308 Establishes Guidelines for Obtaining Signatures on Recall Petitions Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
March 3, 2021 KS HB 2332 Establishes Requirements for Applying for Advance Voting Ballots Bill Passed - House (86 - 38)
March 3, 2021 National HR 1 For the People Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (220 - 210)
March 3, 2021 AZ SB 1003 Establishes Guidelines for the Time Voters Have to Fix Signatures on Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 3, 2021 AZ SB 1106 Prohibits Voters from Out-of-State Knowingly Voting in Presidential Elections Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 3, 2021 AZ SB 1793 Repeals Deceased Individuals from County Voter Registration Databases Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 3, 2021 KS HB 2183 Limits the Governor's and the Secretary of States' Power in Elections Bill Passed - House (84 - 39)
March 2, 2021 AZ SB 1485 Rescinds Voters From the Early Ballots Mailing List Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
March 2, 2021 MT SB 319 Establishes Joint Fundraising Committees to Solicit Large Campaign Donations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
March 1, 2021 ID S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
March 1, 2021 GA HB 531 Limits Absentee and Early Voting and Implements Election Reforms Bill Passed - House (97 - 72)
Feb. 26, 2021 KY HB 574 Authorizes Early In-Person Voting and Mail-In Voting Restrictions Bill Passed - House (93 - 4)
Feb. 25, 2021 MT HB 429 Rescinds Gubernatorial Power to Suspend Election Laws During Emergencies Bill Passed - House (71 - 27)
Feb. 25, 2021 ID H 223 Prohibits Certain Ballot Collection Practices Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
Feb. 24, 2021 IA SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
Feb. 24, 2021 IA HF 590 Reduces the Number of Mail-In and In-Person Voting Days Amendment Rejected - House (37 - 57)
Feb. 24, 2021 MO HB 334 Requires Photo ID to Cast a Ballot Bill Passed - House (109 - 46)
Feb. 24, 2021 GA SB 89 Establishes a New Position at the State Board of Elections Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
Feb. 24, 2021 WA HB 1068 Prohibits Disclosing Records to the Public to Preserve Election Security Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
Feb. 23, 2021 GA SB 40 Requires County Officials Count Ballots 8 Days Before an Election (53 - 0)
Feb. 23, 2021 IA SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
Feb. 23, 2021 GA SB 184 Requires that Voting Records be Updated Within 30 Days After an Election Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
Feb. 23, 2021 GA SB 67 Requires Photo ID For Absentee Ballots Applications (35 - 18)
Feb. 19, 2021 MT HB 325 Authorizes the Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
Feb. 17, 2021 AZ SCR 1024 Requires New Ballot Initiatives for Taxation Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
Feb. 16, 2021 CA SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - House (55 - 15)
Feb. 16, 2021 AZ SB 1069 Amends Early Voting List Eligibility Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 15)
Feb. 10, 2021 MS SB 2588 Repeals Names and Information From the Voter Rolls Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 16)
Feb. 8, 2021 ND HB 1373 Reduces the Early Voting Window Bill Passed - House (78 - 13)
Feb. 5, 2021 MT HB 176 Rescinds Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
Jan. 28, 2021 CA SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
Jan. 27, 2021 IA HJR 5 Establishes a Way for Voters to Ban Abortions Joint Resolution Passed - House (55 - 44)
Jan. 26, 2021 SD SB 24 Authorizes Amending Voter Registration Information Online Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 492 Authorizes the Board of Elections to Establish Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 1027 Amends Election Law to Expedite Review and Canvassing of Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 253 Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 360 Authorizes Voting by Mail by Removing Cause Requirement for Absentee Ballot Voting Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 631 Authorizes Board of Elections to Receive Absentee Ballots Earlier than 30 Days Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 632 Establishes an Electronic Application to Request an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Jan. 11, 2021 NY S 1028 Requires the Boards of Elections to Provide a Website to Request an Absentee Ballot Application Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
Date No. Title Outcome
4/14 SB 210 Requires Election Administrators Allow Election Observers to be No More Than 3 Feet Away from Voter Registration Tables Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
4/14 SB 213 Authorizes Individuals to File Election Law Violation Claims Against Election Officials Bill Passed - Senate (20 - 11)
4/08 HB 1448 Authorizes Non-Resident Property Owners to Vote in Municipal Elections Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
4/08 SB 1120 Prohibits a Multi-Candidate Political Campaign Committee Officer from Running for State Office if Lawyer Fees Remain Unpaid Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 6)
4/08 HB 98 Establishes a New Date for the State Primary Bill Passed - House (195 - 174)
4/07 HCR 2023 Prohibits the Federal Government's Interference in the State's Elections Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
4/07 S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - House (51 - 18)
4/01 SB 7 Prohibits Election Officials from Mailing Unsolicited Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (18 - 13)
4/01 SB 486 Prohibits Individuals from Entering or Remaining in an Area Where Voting is Taking Place Bill Passed - Senate (27 - 7)
3/31 S 5545 Amends Statute's Definition of an Absentee Voter Bill Passed - House (138 - 8)
3/31 HB 3307 Establishes the Social Media Integrity and Anti-Corruption in Elections Act Bill Passed - House (72 - 28)
3/31 S 499 Requires Legislative Oversight Over Governor Election Commission Appointments Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 7)
3/30 SB 5 Authorizes Automatic Voter Registration at DMVs Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 7)
3/25 S 3203 Requires an In Person Early Voting Period for Certain Elecions Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (28 - 8)
3/25 SB 202 Amends Election Laws Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (34 - 20)
3/25 SB 202 Amends Election Laws Bill Passed - House (100 - 74)
3/25 HB 738 Establishes New Voter ID Laws Bill Passed - House (109 - 48)
3/22 HB 222 Expands Voting Access for Incarcerated Individuals Bill Passed - House (95 - 39)
3/20 HB 1047 Expands Access to Mail-In Voting Bill Passed - House (95 - 38)
3/19 HB 385 Increases the Number of Electors Needed to Sign a Constitutional Initiative Bill Passed - House (66 - 33)
3/18 HB 1871 Extends Ballot Drop Boxes and Curbside Voting Bill Passed - House (70 - 41)
3/17 SF 568 Amends Election Law Related to Amendments to the State Constitution Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 17)
3/16 HB 574 Authorizes Early In-Person Voting and Mail-In Voting Restrictions Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 3)
3/16 HB 167 Prohibits Voting in the Same Election in Alabama and In Another State Bill Passed - House (76 - 12)
3/15 HB 0501 Reduces the Number of Campaign Finance Filing Dates to Quarterly in Election Years and Semi-Annually in Non-Election Years. Bill Passed - House (53 - 32)
3/12 HCR 3047 Alleges Congress Should Not Adopt HR 1 Bill Passed - House (79 - 13)
3/11 H 73 Establishes That Early Voting by Mail-In Ballot Can Continue Through the End of June Bill Passed - Senate (40 - 0)
3/11 LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 8)
3/11 SB 10 Prohibits Individuals from Possessing a Firearm Within 100 Feet of a Polling Site Bill Passed - Senate (33 - 13)
3/10 LD 102 Extends the Time for Processing Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - House (83 - 66)
3/10 H 3444 Authorizes the State Election Commission to Establish Statewide Election Laws and Procedures Bill Passed - House (84 - 36)
3/10 SCR 1034 Limits the Voter Protection Act Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/09 SB 550 Establishes New Age Requirements for Voting in Primaries Bill Passed - Senate (24 - 1)
3/09 HB 4128 Rescinds a Voter's Registration if They Have Not Voted Since 2000 Bill Passed - House (66 - 43)
3/09 HB 4127 Requires the Secretary of State Notify People Before Canceling Their Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (61 - 48)
3/09 HB 4134 Requires Maintaining a List of "Permanent Absent Voters" Bill Passed - House (79 - 30)
3/09 SB 560 Establishes Rank-Choice Voting For County Council Seats Bill Passed - Senate (25 - 0)
3/08 SB 241 Limits Absentee Voting to Individuals 65 and Older (29 - 20)
3/08 SB 1713 Repeals Early Ballot Laws Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/04 SB 54 Establishes New Requirements for Absentee Voting Bill Passed - Senate (14 - 10)
3/04 HCR 2023 Prohibits the Federal Government's Interference in the State's Elections Joint Resolution Passed - House (31 - 29)
3/04 HB 2794 Prohibits Election Officials from Changing Election Related Deadlines Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
3/04 HB 2792 Prohibits Sending Ballots to Voters Not on the Permanent Early Voting List Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
3/04 HB 2302 Prohibits Settlement of Election-Related Civil Actions in Certain Cases Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
3/04 HB 2039 Increases the Number of Hand-Counted Ballots Bill Passed - House (31 - 29)
3/04 HB 2308 Establishes Guidelines for Obtaining Signatures on Recall Petitions Bill Passed - House (31 - 28)
3/03 HB 2332 Establishes Requirements for Applying for Advance Voting Ballots Bill Passed - House (86 - 38)
3/03 HR 1 For the People Act of 2021 Bill Passed - House (220 - 210)
3/03 SB 1003 Establishes Guidelines for the Time Voters Have to Fix Signatures on Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/03 SB 1106 Prohibits Voters from Out-of-State Knowingly Voting in Presidential Elections Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/03 SB 1793 Repeals Deceased Individuals from County Voter Registration Databases Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/03 HB 2183 Limits the Governor's and the Secretary of States' Power in Elections Bill Passed - House (84 - 39)
3/02 SB 1485 Rescinds Voters From the Early Ballots Mailing List Bill Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
3/02 SB 319 Establishes Joint Fundraising Committees to Solicit Large Campaign Donations Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 19)
3/01 S 1110 Increases the Counties Needed to Reach 6 Percent of Signatures for an Initiative Bill Passed - Senate (26 - 9)
3/01 HB 531 Limits Absentee and Early Voting and Implements Election Reforms Bill Passed - House (97 - 72)
2/26 HB 574 Authorizes Early In-Person Voting and Mail-In Voting Restrictions Bill Passed - House (93 - 4)
2/25 HB 429 Rescinds Gubernatorial Power to Suspend Election Laws During Emergencies Bill Passed - House (71 - 27)
2/25 H 223 Prohibits Certain Ballot Collection Practices Bill Passed - House (56 - 12)
2/24 SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - House (57 - 37)
2/24 HF 590 Reduces the Number of Mail-In and In-Person Voting Days Amendment Rejected - House (37 - 57)
2/24 HB 334 Requires Photo ID to Cast a Ballot Bill Passed - House (109 - 46)
2/24 SB 89 Establishes a New Position at the State Board of Elections Bill Passed - Senate (35 - 18)
2/24 HB 1068 Prohibits Disclosing Records to the Public to Preserve Election Security Bill Passed - House (61 - 37)
2/23 SB 40 Requires County Officials Count Ballots 8 Days Before an Election (53 - 0)
2/23 SF 413 Amends the State's Voting Laws Bill Passed - Senate (30 - 18)
2/23 SB 184 Requires that Voting Records be Updated Within 30 Days After an Election Bill Passed - Senate (37 - 15)
2/23 SB 67 Requires Photo ID For Absentee Ballots Applications (35 - 18)
2/19 HB 325 Authorizes the Election of Supreme Court Justices by District Bill Passed - House (63 - 36)
2/17 SCR 1024 Requires New Ballot Initiatives for Taxation Joint Resolution Passed - Senate (16 - 14)
2/16 SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - House (55 - 15)
2/16 SB 1069 Amends Early Voting List Eligibility Bill Failed - Senate (15 - 15)
2/10 SB 2588 Repeals Names and Information From the Voter Rolls Bill Passed - Senate (36 - 16)
2/08 HB 1373 Reduces the Early Voting Window Bill Passed - House (78 - 13)
2/05 HB 176 Rescinds Election Day Voter Registration Bill Passed - House (64 - 34)
1/28 SB 29 Authorizes the Continuation of Mail-In Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (29 - 7)
1/27 HJR 5 Establishes a Way for Voters to Ban Abortions Joint Resolution Passed - House (55 - 44)
1/26 SB 24 Authorizes Amending Voter Registration Information Online Bill Passed - Senate (21 - 13)
1/11 S 492 Authorizes the Board of Elections to Establish Absentee Ballot Drop Boxes Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 1027 Amends Election Law to Expedite Review and Canvassing of Absentee Ballots Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 253 Prohibits Voiding Absentee Ballots on Technicalities Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 360 Authorizes Voting by Mail by Removing Cause Requirement for Absentee Ballot Voting Bill Passed - Senate (50 - 13)
1/11 S 631 Authorizes Board of Elections to Receive Absentee Ballots Earlier than 30 Days Before an Election Bill Passed - Senate (44 - 19)
1/11 S 632 Establishes an Electronic Application to Request an Absentee Ballot Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)
1/11 S 1028 Requires the Boards of Elections to Provide a Website to Request an Absentee Ballot Application Bill Passed - Senate (43 - 20)

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