Sending Office: Honorable Raul M. Grijalva
Sent By:
Cristian.Moreno@mail.house.gov

Supported by: ACLU, NALEO, Common Cause, Mi Familia Vota 

Current Co-sponsors: Representatives Karen Bass, Joyce Beatty, Earl Blumenauer, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Brendan F. Boyle, Anthony G. Brown, Salud O. Carbajal, Matt Cartwright, Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David N. Cicilline, Yvette D. Clarke,
Steve Cohen, John Conyers Jr., Elijah Cummings, Susan A. Davis, Keith Ellison, Bill Foster, Ruben Gallego, John Garamendi, Brian Higgins, Sheila Jackson Lee, Hakeem S. Jeffries, Henry C. Johnson Jr., Ro Khanna, Barbara Lee, Ted Lieu, Alan S. Lowenthal, Nita
M. Lowey, Jerry McNerney, Gregory W. Meeks, Gwen Moore, Jerrold Nadler, Richard M. Nolan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Donald M. Payne Jr., Mark Pocan, Jared Polis, Jamie Rashin, Kathleen M. Rice, Cedric L. Richmond, Janice Schakowsky, Terri A. Sewell, Louise Mcintosh
Slaughter, Adam Smith, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, Marc A. Veasey, Nydia M. Velazquez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Frederica S. Wilson, John A. Yarmuth. 

Dear Colleague,

President Trump recently announced the establishment of an ‘election integrity’ commission, ironically led by voter suppressors, Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, which threatens to serve as a platform to further escalate
voter suppression across the nation.  Trump’s insistence that millions of people voted illegally in 2016 is a flat-out falsehood. The truth remains that it is more likely for someone to be struck by lightning than for someone to have committed voter fraud. 
In addition, the Supreme Court recently declined to hear a case in which a federal appeals court struck down a North Carolina law as an unconstitutional effort to directly target the voting rights of African-American. As lawmakers, we must continue to seek
improvements to our flawed system and ensure voting rights for all.

Last year, Arizona suffered a disastrous primary election which 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. 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 during last year’s primary election. 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.

To protect the sanctity of the ballot booth, I have re-introduced the Voting Access Act. Recent
efforts
 in Congress to undermine democracy by gutting the Elections Assistance Commission (EAC) emphasizes the contrast to my bill which empowers the EAC to address serious voter suppression issues that attacked many of our constituent’s right to vote
last year.

KEY VOTING ACCESS ACT PROVISIONS

  • No individual shall be required to wait for longer than one hour to vote.
  • Standards for determining the number of polling places within a jurisdiction.
  • Standards for the nondiscriminatory placement of polling places.
  • Standards for ensuring that each polling place has sufficient resources.
  • Standards regarding accessible ballot and polling location information.
  • Best practices for preventing voter intimidation or harassment.
  • Study of instances of the misidentification of the political party registration.

Become a co-sponsor of this bill to ensure there is at least -a minimum- federal standard to make voting accessible again. To sign on as a co-sponsor, please contact Yesenia Chavez in my office at 5-2435/ Yesenia.Chavez@mail.house.gov

Sincerely,

/s

Raúl M. Grijalva   

Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Civil Rights, Elections, Judiciary

Related Bill Information

Bill Type: H.R.
Bill Number: 2499
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