Boxer Bill Would Combat Long Voting Lines

Sen. Barbara Boxer plans to introduce an election reform bill designed to prevent long lines at polling places on Wednesday, her office told TPM. The LINE Act, short for the Lines Interfere with National Elections Act, would require the attorney general to set national standards for a minimum number of voting machines, poll workers and other resources during federal elections by Jan. 1, 2014. The goal would to be prevent voters from having to wait more than an hour to vote at any polling place in the country.

“It is unacceptable that many Americans had to wait in line for five, six or seven hours to cast their ballots,” Boxer said in a statement. “The LINE Act will help ensure that every American has an equal chance to vote without enduring hours-long delays at their polling places.”