The Bill: To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to require States to establish a minimum period of 15 days for early voting prior to the date of an election for Federal office and to ensure that no individual will be required to wait for longer than one hour to cast a ballot at a polling place in an election for Federal office.
Sponsor: Rep. George Miller (D- CA7)
Co-Sponsors: There are 89 Cosponsors
Read twice, referred to the House Committee on House Administration. Failed with Adjournment.
FairVote Action’s Take: This legislation is an improvement for securing the right to vote. Mandating that every state should establish a minimum period of 15 days of early voting for no less than 10 hours a day while also requiring the states to have concrete contingency plans in the case of overwhelming voter turnout is a step in the right direction. However, legislation like this does not penetrate to the real heart of the matter. The problem of voter rights is entrenched into the structure of our system and cannot be cured by such small measures. 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