Allred Introduces Bill to Ensure Polling Place Transparency

March 5, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) today introduced the Know Your Polling Place Act. The bill would require that voters be notified of changes in their polling place and ensure accommodations be made to voters that show up at the wrong polling place. The bill’s language is included H.R. 1, the For the People Act which will be voted on in the House later this week.  

“The right to vote is sacred and citizens should not be deterred from voting just because their polling place was moved,” said Allred. “As a voting rights attorney, I know first-hand how partisan interests try to make it difficult for people to exercise their constitutional right to vote. We must empower people with the information they need to cast their ballot and this bill is a step in the right direction.”

Cosponsors of the bill include Representatives Anthony Brown (MD-04), Terri Sewell (AL-07), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Sean Casten (IL-06), Steve Cohen (TN-09) and Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-04).

Specifics on the Know Your Polling Place Act:

  • Requires states to notify voters of their new polling place seven days before an election whenever the state assigns voters to a polling place that is different from where they voted in the previous federal election.
     

  • Requires states to make reasonable efforts to accommodate voters who show up where they were previously assigned to vote whenever the state assigns voters a new polling place seven days before a federal election.