A group of Democrats, including House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer of Maryland and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, are pushing a bill say would make it easier for Americans to register to vote and reverse restrictions on early voting passed by Republican legislatures in some states.
The “Voter Empowerment Act”, which was introduced Thursday, would make it easier for people to register and change their voter registration online and establish a national voter hotline people could call with voting problems. It would require 15 days of early voting for all federal elections, a change Democrats have sought after some states, particularly Florida, have limited early voting, which Obama’s campaign used very effectively in 2008.
The bill does not address controversial laws that would require people to present photo identification to vote. Democrats are hoping the bill could get bipartisan support, but it’s unclear if the Republicans who run the House will take up the provision.