Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013 - Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to require each state... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced on Jan 3, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

Date Introduced
Jan 3, 2013

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Bill Text

A BILL

To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to promote early voting in elections for Federal office and to prevent unreasonable waiting times for voters at polling places used in such elections, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR EARLY VOTING AND FOR REDUCING WAITING TIMES FOR VOTERS IN FEDERAL ELECTIONS.

(a) Requirements for States.-- (1) In general.--Subtitle A of title III of the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15481 et seq.) is amended-- (A) by redesignating sections 304 and 305 as sections 306 and 307; and (B) by inserting after section 303 the following new sections:

``SEC. 304. EARLY VOTING.

``(a) In General.--Each State shall allow individuals to vote in an election for Federal office on each day occurring during the 15-day period which ends on the second day immediately preceding the date of the election, in the same manner as voting is allowed on such date. ``(b) Minimum Early Voting Requirements.--Each polling place which allows voting prior to the date of a Federal election pursuant to subsection (a) shall-- ``(1) allow such voting for not less than 10 hours on each day; and ``(2) have uniform hours each day for which such voting occurs. ``(c) Location of Polling...

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I support H.R. 50 ("To amend the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to promote early voting in elections") because... This legislation is an improvement for securing the right to vote. Mandating that every state should establish a minimum period of 15 days of early voting for no less than 10 hours a day while also requiring the states to have concrete contingency plans in the case of overwhelming voter turnout is a step in the right direction. However, legislation like this does not penetrate to the real heart of the matter. The problem of voter rights is entrenched into the structure of our system and cannot be cured by such small measures.

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There_oughta_be_a_law
NY-3
2 years ago

Users Opposing

I oppose H.R. 50 ("Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013") Outlaw all electronics in elections. Abolish the Electoral College. Give the Poll watchers power over local law enforcement and the election to be nullified and re-done, on next day, when fraud is detected. Because when local law enforcement arrests poll watchers, and they beat the rap, but not the ride, it's election fraud. The solution is paper ballots hand counted by humans, with an unbroken chain of custody. If elections are going to have a popular vote, then the electoral college is just an exploit to backdoor a chosen candidate in. Furthermore, something has to be done about the corporate owned media, knocking the best candidates off the ballot because of these choreographed presidential debates which don't discuss anything that matters. Elections in the USA are broken. To deny it is to be a LIAR

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CA
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EXPOSE-CAFR
CA-6
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 50 ("Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013") because...Liberals trying to steal votes again. Did you see the list of freaks co-sponsoring this travesty of a bill?

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mackelby
MO-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 50 ("Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013") because... early voting is already in place. The Constitution does not define this as a responsibility of the Federal Government. Tenth Amendment says “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

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KY
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Anonymous306048
KY-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 50 ("Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013") because, this costly legislation needs to be tabled. Let's get America working instead!.

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NC
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Sonie
NC-11
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 50 ("Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013") because...voter fraud is rampant already...'absenee/early ballot' illegals voting....stand in line..period.

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AZ
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jcfred
AZ-2
2 years ago

Bill Summary

1/3/2013--Introduced.Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2013 - Amends the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) to require each state to allow individuals to vote in a federal election on each day during the 15-day period ending on the second day immediately preceding the election date in the same manner as voting is allowed on election day. Requires a state to ensure that each polling place that allows early voting in a federal election is located within reasonable walking distance of a stop on a public transportation route. Requires the Election Assistance Commission to issue standards for the administration of early voting in a federal election. Requires each state to provide a sufficient number of voting systems, poll workers, and other election resources (including physical resources) at a polling place used in a federal election to ensure: (1) a fair and equitable waiting time for all voters in the state, and (2) that no individual will be required to wait longer than one hour to cast a ballot at the polling place. Requires each state to develop, and implement to the greatest extent practicable, a contingency plan under which it shall provide any polling place on a federal election day whose waiting times exceed one hour with additional poll workers, machines, ballots, and other equipment and supplies, including a polling place at which individuals may cast ballots before the election date. Requires the Commission to report to Congress biennially on the impact of this Act's early voting and waiting time provisions on the administration of elections for federal office. Prescribes requirements for the counting of provisional ballots that will be treated as votes. Allows civil money penalties, intervention by aggrieved parties, and private actions to address HAVA violations by a state or jurisdiction.

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