The Bill: To provide incentives for States to invest in practices and technology that are designed to expedite voting at the polls and to simplify voter registration.
Sponsor: Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Co-Sponsors: Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA); Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration Failed with adjournment
FairVote’s Take: Fairvote Action and Fairvote are excited to see legislation on the table that seeks to address obstacles for voters. However, legislation that addresses only surface-level issues is likely to have only a short-term solution. We advocate examining and addressing obstacles to voting with legislation that calls for a Constitutional right to vote and undertakes a two-pronged initiative: protecting and promoting the right to vote. To find out more and to take action by redirecting the conversation toward real structural change, go to www.promoteourvote.org.
Introduced: November 15, 2012