From: The Honorable Louise McIntosh Slaughter
Sent By:
jack.spasiano@mail.house.gov

Bill: H.R. 1094
Date: 3/1/2017

Increase Voter Turnout – Cosponsor the Weekend Voting Act

 

Original Cosponsors (32): Beyer, Castor, Clyburn, Conyers, DeFazio, DeLauro, Dingell, Ellison, Garamendi, Hastings, Kihuen, Larson, Lewis, Lieu, Lowey, McCollum, Meng, Moore, Napolitano, Holmes Norton, Pocan, Polis, David Price, Raskin,
Richmond, Schakowsky, Bobby Scott, Sewell, Speier, Swalwell, Tonko, Yarmuth

 

Dear Colleague,

Have you ever wondered why we vote on Tuesday?

In 1845, Congress decided that voting on a Tuesday made sense. It was the easiest day for farmers in our agrarian society to get to the polls. Tuesday was selected for its comparative convenience because it was designated a “court day” and the day in which
land-owners would be typically in town to conduct business. But times have changed, and Tuesday voting doesn’t make sense anymore. That’s why I’ve introduced the Weekend Voting Act.

If enacted, the Weekend Voting Act would move Election Day to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November in every even year for elections of Representatives and Delegates to Congress, and in every fourth year for the election
of President and Vice President.

The legislation has been endorsed by Norman J. Ornstein, Resident Politics and Public Opinion Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute:

“We have an obligation to do everything we can to make voting easy for eligible Americans. Moving elections to the weekend is a simple and straightforward way to do just that, and to help millions of working Americans who want to exercise their constitutional
right and duty”

Today, most polls are open only 12 hours (from 7am to 7pm) for one day during the work week. Long lines in recent elections kept voters waiting longer than one or two hours and to often voters are forced with the choice of having to work and voting.  By
instituting weekend voting it would make it easier and more convenient for Americans to exercise their right to vote, would help reduce long lines at polls, and increase voter turnout.

Our democracy will be best served when our leaders are elected by as many Americans as possible. Please contact Jack Spasiano in my office at (jack.spasiano@mail.house.gov) for additional information or
to be signed on as an original cosponsor.

Sincerely,

 

Louise M. Slaughter

Member of Congress