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Tennessee Congressman calls for shorter voting lines, has harsh words for President Trump

Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) has introduced a bill aimed at cutting wait times for voters and expanding the time available to cast a ballot in federal elections. PHOTO: Congressman Cohen Twitter Page

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) has introduced a bill aimed at cutting wait times for voters and expanding the time available to cast a ballot in federal elections.

The Streamlining and Improving Methods at Polling Locations and Early Voting Act (SIMPLE), would require states to allow voting for federal elections at least two weeks prior to election day, ensure polls are properly staffed and within walking distance of public transportation routes, and require a wait time of no longer than one hour to cast a ballot.

Cohen says the bill will "ensure that every American can exercise their right to vote conveniently," but he also added remarks by President Trump and the confirmation of Jeff Session as Attorney General make it a "scary time for voting rights in our country."

Cohen says “We are witnessing an assault on voting rights the likes of which our nation has not seen since the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The President is alleging, without evidence, that there is widespread voter fraud in our country, which is just another ‘alternative fact.’ And Attorney General Nominee Senator Jeff Session, who was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines, has a very troubling record on voting rights.”

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