From: The Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Bill: H.R. 5488
Supported by: ACLU, NALEO, Common Cause, Mi Familia Vota
Current Co-sponsors (51): Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick, Ruben Gallego, Marc Veasey, Sheila Jackson Lee, Ted Lieu, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Conyers, Jr., Gregory W. Meeks, Brian Higgins, Debbie Wasserman Schultz,
Cedric L. Richmond, Chris Van Hollen, Bobby Scott, Earl Blumenauer, Barbara Lee, Steve Cohen, Keith Ellison, Alcee Hastings, Sam Farr, Frederica Wilson, Jared Polis, Eric Swalwell, Charles Rangel, Ruben Hinojosa, Jose Serrano, Susan Davis, Joyce Beatty, Hakeem
Jeffries, Jerry McNerney, Bill Foster, Corrine Brown, Louise Slaughter, Steve Israel, Adam Smith, Paul Tonko, Jerrold Nadler, Donald Payne, Jr., Lois Frankel, Kathleen Rice, Matt Cartwright, John Yarmuth, John Garamendi, Hank Johnson, Judy Chu, David N Cicilline,
Al Green, James Langevin, Michael M. “Mike” Honda*, Gwen Moore*, Yvette D. Clarke*
* Member will be added once we are back in session.
The Arizona primary election emphasized the need for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act. As Arizonans went to the polls to cast ballots in the presidential primaries, many faced lines lasting up to five hours, as well as voter ID, registration, and
party affiliation errors.
Voters faced compacted issues on the day of the primary election. In addition to voters not having polling location information, they had difficulty accessing them. Some polling locations were not equipped to accommodate disabled voters, and further appalling,
many polling locations were not adequately stocked with ballots.
Maricopa County cut polling locations from 200 in previous elections to just 60 this year. While most counties in the state averaged one polling place for every 2,500 eligible voters, Maricopa averaged one for every 21,000. The 2013 Shelby County v. Holder
Supreme Court decision eliminated a safeguard that would have prevented Maricopa County from cutting 70 percent of polling locations without oversight.
The H.R. 5488: Voting Access Act requires the Elections Assistance Commission to establish federal minimum standards for voter access to polling locations, ballot information, and protections from harassment to preclude voters from experiencing this ever
again. The bill also authorizes funding to aid states in complying with the new standards. Lastly, it requires the Elections Assistance Commission to issue a report on the frequency of party affiliation misidentification issues nation-wide.
Immediate action is needed to protect the right to vote and prevent voters from experiencing further voter disenfranchisement. Become a co-sponsor of this bill that will ensure there are at least-minimum- federal standards to make voting accessible again.
For more information, please contact Yesenia Chavez in my office at 5-2435/ Yesenia.Chavez@mail.house.gov.
Raúl M. Grijalva