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Introduced in House (02/15/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1094


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.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2017

Ms. Slaughter (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.

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 “Weekend Voting Act”.

SEC. 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:

“SEC. 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.”.

(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).”.

(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.”.

(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.