This bill, known as the Weekend Voting Act, would turn Election Day into Election Weekend. If passed, America would vote in presidential and midterm elections on the Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November. Currently, voting happens on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November.Specifically, polls throughout the continental United States would be open from Saturday at 10:00 am to Sunday at 6:00 pm EST. States would be allowed to close polling places overnight if necessary. Polling places outside of the continental US would open for the same timeframe, but would adhere to local time instead of EST.
What is House Bill H.R. 3910?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3910
In Depth: This bill is intended to make voting easier for Americans who have class, work, and other obligations on weekdays. Some states require employers to allow employees time to vote, but many do not. The 2014 midterm elections had the lowest voter turnout since 1942, with just 36 percent of eligible voters participating.
“In 1845, Congress decided that voting on a Tuesday made sense because it was the easiest day for farmers in our agrarian society to get to the polls. But times have changed… It’s clear that voting on Tuesday doesn’t make sense anymore.”
Summary by Katie Rose Quandt
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Weekend Voting Act
To change the date for regularly scheduled Federal elections and establish polling place hours.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AdministrationIntroducedNovember 3rd, 2015
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