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PUBLIC LAW 98-000—MMMM. DD, 1984

PUBLIC LAW 98-435—SEPT. 28, 1984

98 STAT. 1679


SEC. 4. (a) Each State or political subdivision responsible for registration for Federal elections shall provide a reasonable number of accessible permanent registration facilities. (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to any State that has in effect a system that provides an opportunity for each potential voter to register by mail or at the residence of such voter.

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SEC. 5. (a) Each State shall make available registration and voting aids for Federal elections for handicapped and elderly individuals, including— (1) instructions, printed in large type, conspicuously displayed at each permanent registration facility and each polling place; and (2) information by telecommunications devices for the deaf. (b) No notarization or medical certification shall be required of a handicapped voter with respect to an absentee ballot or an application for such ballot, except that medical certification may be required when the certification establishes eligibility, under State law— (1) to automatically receive an application or a ballot on a continuing basis; or (2) to apply for an absentee ballot after the deadline has passed. (c) The chief election officer of each State shall provide public notice, calculated to reach elderly and handicapped voters, of the availability of aids under this section, assistance under section 208 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973aa-6), and the procedures for voting by absentee ballot, not later than general public notice of registration and voting is provided.

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Absentee ballot.

Public information.


SEC. 6. (a) If a State or political subdivision does not comply with 42 USC this Act, the United States Attorney General or a person who is 1973ee-4. personally aggrieved by the noncompliance may bring an action for declaratory or injunctive relief in the appropriate district court. (b) An action may be brought under this section only if the plaintiff notifies the chief election officer of the State of the noncompliance and a period of 45 days has elapsed since the date of notification. (c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no award of attorney fees may be made with respect to an action under this section, except in any action brought to enforce the original judgment of the court. RELATIONSHIP TO VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965

SEC. 7. This Act shall not be construed to impair any right 42 USC guaranteed by the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973 et seq.). 1973ee-5. DEFINITIONS

SEC. 8. As used in this Act, the term—

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