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UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT OF 1977

HEARINGS

BEFORE THE

COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

NINETY-FIFTH CONGRESS

FIRST SESSION

ON

H.R. 5400

TO ESTABLISH A UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION

PROGRAM, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

APRIL 6, 21, 26, 27, AND 28, 1977

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Printed for the use of the Committee on House Administration

U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

92-186 0

WASHINGTON : 1977

For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office

Washington, D.C. 20402

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COMMITTEE ON HOUSE ADMINISTRATION

Ninety-fifth Congress

FRANK THOMPSON, JR., New Jersey, Chairman JOHN H. DENT, Pennsylvania

WILLIAM L. DICKINSON, Alabama LUCIEN N. NEDZI, Michigan

SAMUEL L. DEVINE, Ohio JOHN BRADEMAS, Indiana

JAMES C. CLEVELAND, New Hampshire AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS, California CHARLES E. WIGGINS, California FRANK ANNUNZIO, Illinois

J. HERBERT BURKE, Florida JOSEPH M. GAYDOS, Pennsylvania

BILL FRENZEL, Minnesota
ED JONES, Tennessee

DAVE STOCKMAN, Michigan
ROBERT H. MOLLOHAN, West Virginia ROBERT E. BADHAM, California
LIONEL VAN DEERLIN, California
JOSEPH G. MINISH, New Jersey
MENDEL J. DAVIS, South Carolina
CHARLES ROSE, North Carolina
JOHN L. BURTON, California
EDWARD W. PATTISON, New York
LEON E. PANETTA, California
JOSEPH S. AMMERMAN, Pennsylvania

WILLIAM H. CABLE, Staff Director and A880ciate Counsel

ROBERT E. Moss, General Counsel

(II)

CONTENTS

Hearings held on-

Page

April 6, 1977..

1

April 21, 1977-

117

April 26, 1977-

233

April 27, 1977

283

April 28, 1977-

347

Text of bill H.R. 5400_

3

Statements of-

Allen, Archie E., Administrative Director, The Voter Education
Project, Inc.

264

Apol, Bernard J., Elections Director, Michigan State Election

Division.---

306

Bablitch, Hon. William A., Senate majority leader, State of Wisconsin. 201

Barnett, Richard L., Board member, Project LEAP (Legal Elections

in All Precincts) -

380

Bell, Hon. Griffin B., Attorney General of the United States.

50

Bertera, Bill, legislative representative, National Association of Coun-

ties.

306

Bieging, David A., assistant to the chief of staff, Office of the Vice

President.--

50

Bonker, Hon. Don, a Representative in Congress from the State of

Washington

117

Burgener, Hon. Clair W., a Representative in Congress from the State

of California

347

Calamaro, Raymond S., Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of

Legislative Affairs.-

50

Chiavaroli, V. James, Commissioner, Board of Elections, Monroe

County, N.Y

306

Clusen, Ruth C., president, League of Women Voters of the United

States.-

82, 389

Donsanto, Craig C., public integrity section.

50

Eu, March Fong, Secretary of State, State of California, accompanied

by William N. Durley, Assistant to the Secretary of State, Elections,
and Political Reform, State of California --

352
Gans, Curtis B., codirector, the Committee for the Study of the Amer-
ican Electorate.

270
Garber, Marie, elections administrator, Montgomery County, Md... 306
Gardner, Sheldon, board member, Project LEAP (Legal Elections
in All Precincts)

380

Guzzi, Paul, secretary of state, State of Massachusetts

357

Hanly, John H., chairman, Chicago Board of Election Commissioners - 233

Hemenway, Russell D., national director, National Committee for an

Effective Congress -

207

Howell, Eli H., political consultant sponsored by the Emergency

Coalition for the Survival of Free Elections.

225

Kusper, Stanley, county clerk, Cook County, Ill_

247

Landsberg, Brian K., Chief, Appellate Section, Civil Rights Division. 50
Lawton, Mary C., Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of

Legal Counsel..

Lederer, Raymond F., a Representative in Congress from the State

of Pennsylvania -

305

Marcus, Sherrill, field director, The Voter Educati Project, Inc.--- 264

Oldaker, William C., General Counsel, Federal Election Commission - 283

Panish, Leonard, registrar-recorder, city of Los Angeles, Calif.

306

Roeser, Thomas, chairman, Project LEAP (Legal Elections in All

Precincts) -

380

Ruthrauff, Wilbur Bourne, chairman, Committee of Seventy from

Philadelphia

214

Schaffer, Gloria, secretary of state, State of Connecticut-

357

Tartaglione, Margaret M., chairwoman, Philadelphia Registration

Commission.---

306

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