Connolly to Hold Hearing in Woodbridge on Long Voting Lines

Congressman Gerry Connolly
2013-01-10 17:06:47
Congressman Gerry E. Connolly - Representing the 11th District of Virginia Dear Neighbor, I was outraged at what I witnessed on Election Day at polling locations across our district. At the River Oaks precinct in Dumfries the line of voters snaked up and down corridors, through hallways, out of the front door, with hundreds of voters wrapped around the outside of the building in the cold. �Voters I spoke to stood in line for as long as 5 hours, and the last voter did not cast a vote until late into the night. � This experience and similar stories from across the country have only strengthened my resolve to ensure that we improve the voting process in our country. �To this end, I am bringing the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to Prince William County for forum on Voting Reform. �Join us to hear from fellow voters, elected officials, and voting reform experts. � *Congressman Gerry Connolly* *House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform* *Forum on Voting Reform* � *Monday, January 14, 2013* *10 A.M.* *The Osprey�s at Belmont Bay* *401 Belmont Bay Drive* *Woodbridge, VA 22191* � I also have introduced the FAST Voting Act in the U.S. House of Representatives. �Senator Mark Warner is sponsoring a companion bill in the U.S. Senate. �The Fair, Accurate, Secure and Timely (FAST) Voting Act (H.R. 97) would encourage states to aggressively pursue a number of voting reforms including more opportunities for voter registration including same-day registration, uniform early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, efforts to reduce long voting lines, and professional training of poll workers. � � We faced long lines at a number of polling places in Virginia, including yours. That is unacceptable. Virginia and many other states can do better. �This legislation is designed to jumpstart voting reform and provide states with the tools to make their elections more efficient and more accessible to all voters. � Please join me on January 14th to explore ways we can improve our voting system. America�s stature as the global beacon of democracy is undercut by the antiquated voting practices endured on Election Day. Common-sense reforms are necessary to safeguard the franchise of each and every voter.� Sincerely, [image = connolly.congressnewsletter.net/images/user_images/Connollysig.jpg] Gerald E. Connolly Member of Congress 11th District of Virginia
January 10, 2013

Dear Neighbor,

I was outraged at what I witnessed on Election Day at polling locations across our district. At the River Oaks precinct in Dumfries the line of voters snaked up and down corridors, through hallways, out of the front door, with hundreds of voters wrapped around the outside of the building in the cold.  Voters I spoke to stood in line for as long as 5 hours, and the last voter did not cast a vote until late into the night.
 
This experience and similar stories from across the country have only strengthened my resolve to ensure that we improve the voting process in our country.  To this end, I am bringing the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to Prince William County for forum on Voting Reform.  Join us to hear from fellow voters, elected officials, and voting reform experts.
 
Congressman Gerry Connolly
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Forum on Voting Reform
 
Monday, January 14, 2013
10 A.M.
The Osprey�s at Belmont Bay
401 Belmont Bay Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22191
 
I also have introduced the FAST Voting Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Senator Mark Warner is sponsoring a companion bill in the U.S. Senate.  The Fair, Accurate, Secure and Timely (FAST) Voting Act (H.R. 97) would encourage states to aggressively pursue a number of voting reforms including more opportunities for voter registration including same-day registration, uniform early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, efforts to reduce long voting lines, and professional training of poll workers.  
 
We faced long lines at a number of polling places in Virginia, including yours. That is unacceptable. Virginia and many other states can do better.  This legislation is designed to jumpstart voting reform and provide states with the tools to make their elections more efficient and more accessible to all voters.
 
Please join me on January 14th to explore ways we can improve our voting system. America�s stature as the global beacon of democracy is undercut by the antiquated voting practices endured on Election Day. Common-sense reforms are necessary to safeguard the franchise of each and every voter. 

Sincerely,


Gerald E. Connolly
Member of Congress
11th District of Virginia

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