Boyle Re-Introduces Legislation to Increase Voter Turnout
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) re-introduced legislation today, on National Voter Registration Day, to officially change election day nationwide to the weekend after the first Friday in November to increase voter turnout.
“Every election, the American people have the opportunity to shape our government into one that better reflects their views and needs,” said Congressman Boyle. “But, year after year, we hear stories of how work, school, family, or other responsibilities prevent countless citizens from exercising their right to vote. The government has a key interest to ease that burden and work to increase accessibility and turnout. My bill to allow weekend voting will address many of these challenges and, ultimately, strengthen our democracy.”
The Louis Slaughter Weekend Voting Act would move Election Day to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November. Congressman Boyle’s legislation carries on the legacy of long-serving Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-30). Congresswoman Slaughter introduced the legislation in 2017 prior to her tragic passing in 2018. Congressman Boyle has been a long-time proponent of this change in policy and re-named the legislation to honor Congresswoman Slaughter.