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H.R. 2440: Stay in Line To Vote Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 8, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

While only 67 percent of eligible voters voted in 2020, 100 percent of them ate food and drank water.

Context

Heading into the 2020 election, Georgia had been considered a reliably Republican state. They’d voted GOP for president in the last six presidential elections, and last elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate with Zell Miller in 2000. In 2020, though, Georgia voted Democratic for president and for both U.S. Senate elections.

In 2021, however, Republicans still held complete control of Georgia’s state government — governor, state Senate, and state House — because of the 2018 elections. The state passed the Election Integrity Act, which made election and ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2440

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 8, 2021

(for herself, Ms. Williams of Georgia, Mr. Raskin, Ms. Barragán, Mrs. Hayes, Ms. Kuster, Mr. Takano, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Suozzi, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Jones, Mr. McGovern, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Cooper, Ms. Lee of California, Ms. Speier, and Ms. DelBene) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration

A BILL

To prohibit States from restricting a person from providing food or drink to individuals at a polling place in an election for Federal office, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stay in Line To Vote Act.

2.

Prohibiting States from restricting the provision of food or drink to individuals at a polling place

(a)

Requirement

Subtitle A of title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21081 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating sections 304 and 305 as sections 305 and 306, respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after section 303 the following new section:

304.

Prohibiting States from restricting the provision of food or drink to individuals at a polling place

A State may not prohibit a person from providing food or drink to individuals at a polling place in the State in an election for Federal office, including at a polling place at which individuals may cast ballots prior to the date of the election.

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(b)

Conforming amendment relating to enforcement

Section 401 of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (52 U.S.C. 21111) is amended by striking and 303 and inserting 303, and 304.

(c)

Clerical amendment

The table of contents of such Act is amended—

(1)

by redesignating the items relating to sections 304 and 305 as relating to sections 305 and 306, respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after the item relating to section 303 the following new item:

Sec. 304. Prohibiting States from restricting the provision of food or drink to individuals at a polling place.

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(d)

Effective date

This section and the amendments made by this section shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act.