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H.R. 1094 (115th): Weekend Voting Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1094

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2017

(for herself, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mr. Larson of Connecticut, Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Kihuen, Mr. Hastings, Ms. DeLauro, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Lewis of Georgia, Ms. Meng, Mr. Ellison, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Ted Lieu of California, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Polis, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Ms. Sewell of Alabama, Ms. Speier, Mr. DeFazio, Mr. Beyer, and Mrs. Napolitano) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To change the date for regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November in every even-numbered year.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Weekend Voting Act.

2.

Weekend voting for regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office

(a)

Elections for House of Representatives and Senate

Section 25 of the Revised Statutes of the United States (2 U.S.C. 7) is amended to read as follows:

25.

Dates and time of elections

(a)

Dates of election

The first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November, in every even numbered year, are established as the dates for the election in each of the States of Representatives and Delegates to the next Congress commencing after the dates of the election.

(b)

Hours of operation of polling places

Each State shall by law establish the hours of operation for polling places in the State on the dates of election established under subsection (a).

(c)

State defined

In this section, the term State means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

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(b)

Elections for President and Vice President

(1)

In general

Section 1 of title 3, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

1.

Date and time of appointing electors

(a)

Dates of election

The electors of President and Vice President shall be appointed, in each State, on the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November, in every fourth year succeeding every election of a President and Vice President.

(b)

Hours of operation of polling places

Each State shall by law establish the hours of operation for polling places in the State on the dates of election established under subsection (a).

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(2)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections for chapter 1 of title 3, United States Code, is amended by striking the item relating to section 1 and inserting the following:

1. Date and time of appointing electors.

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(c)

No interference with religious practices

It is the sense of Congress that the holding of elections over a weekend, as established by this Act, should be carried out in a manner which does not interfere with religious practices.

(d)

Cost savings

It is the sense of Congress that the holding of elections over a weekend, as established by this Act, should result in cost savings to the American taxpayer.

(e)

Effective date

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office beginning with the elections held in November 2018.

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