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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
Sept. 23, 2020 SC H 3780 Expands Internet Access to Rural Communities Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
Sept. 15, 2020 SC H 5305 Authorizes Absentee Voting Due to the Declared State of Emergency Concurrence Vote Passed - House (115 - 1)
May 12, 2020 SC S 635 Expands Access to Absentee Voting Conference Report Adopted - House (108 - 0)
May 12, 2020 SC H 3411 Establishes Allocations of Federal COVID-19 Appropriations to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
March 17, 2020 SC H 4014 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
March 4, 2020 SC H 3967 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Female Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
Date No. Title Outcome
9/23 H 3780 Expands Internet Access to Rural Communities Bill Passed - Senate (39 - 0)
9/15 H 5305 Authorizes Absentee Voting Due to the Declared State of Emergency Concurrence Vote Passed - House (115 - 1)
5/12 S 635 Expands Access to Absentee Voting Conference Report Adopted - House (108 - 0)
5/12 H 3411 Establishes Allocations of Federal COVID-19 Appropriations to the State Concurrence Vote Passed - Senate (33 - 8)
3/17 H 4014 Appropriates Funds for the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)
3/04 H 3967 Establishes Requirements for the Treatment of Female Inmates Bill Passed - Senate (42 - 0)

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