Coons Joins 4 Democratic Senators In Reintroducing FAST Voting Act

Jan 24, 2013 -- 9:39am

Delaware Senator Chris Coons is joining three other Democratic Senators in reintroducing a bill that would require states to make voting faster for their residents.

Coons joined Mark Warner of Virginia, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut in reintroducing the Fair, Accurate, Secure and Timely, or FAST Voting Act. The bill would create a competitive grant program to get states to pursue election reforms. States that can show the most comprehensive plans for reform will get larger grants.

In a statement, Senator Coons says making it harder for citizens to vote violates their civil rights, and said problems during last year’s elections were a wakeup call. In the elections, lines hours long and a variety of voting issues were seen in more than a dozen states across the country.

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