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Long Election Day Lines The Target Of Federal Legislation

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Lines at the Pentagon City polling place on Election Day were as long as four hours. Sen. Mark Warner says such waits are the equivalent of a poll tax.
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Lines at the Pentagon City polling place on Election Day were as long as four hours. Sen. Mark Warner says such waits are the equivalent of a poll tax.

Two lawmakers from Virginia are pushing federal legislation to address long lines on Election Day.

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly and Sen. Mark Warner are sponsoring bills to provide funding to states pursuing election reform. It would create a competitive grant program that would award money to the states proposing the most comprehensive plans to improve voter access to the polls.

Some voters in Virginia waited in line for several hours to vote on Election Day, and Warner says many people can't afford to wait that long.

"When you have those kinds of extraordinary lines, particularly if you're working, what we have in fact created is a 21st century poll tax," says Warner.

Warner says this legislation would help address that problem.

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