HOYER STATEMENT ON PROTECTION OF VOTING RIGHTS IN CONGRESSIONAL CONTINUTITY LEGISLATION

For Immediate Release:

April 22, 2004

Contact:Stacey Farnen
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON – House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today praising the passage of a Democratic Motion to Recommit on the Continuity in Representation Act of 2003 (H.R. 2844), which ensured that the bill would not supercede existing civil rights and voting rights laws in the application of any special elections:

“I am very pleased that the House accepted the Democratic Motion to Recommit on the Continuity in Representation Act today.  The motion incorporated key federal voting rights laws, which ensures that special elections under this Act adhere to the same high standards as regular elections. 

“These laws include the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Voter Registration Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Civilians Absentee Voting Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act. 

“The motion will also help ensure that the votes of racial and language minorities, members of the military, citizens living abroad, and disabled and older Americans are counted during special elections conducted under the Act.

“The Continuity in Representation Act, by its very nature, would only be put in to action during a time when our democratic system would be most challenged and therefore it would be more imperative than ever that we ensure that the voting rights of all citizens are protected under those devastating and destabilizing circumstances.”

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