Congresswoman Susan Wild’s “Stay In Line To Vote Act” takes aim at Georgia’s new voting law

Written by on April 12, 2021

Congresswoman Susan Wild’s “Stay In Line To Vote Act” takes aim at Georgia’s new voting law

By Tyler Pratt

April 12, 2021

“Voting Line” by edenpictures is licensed under CC BY 2.0

A new bill from U.S. Rep. Susan Wild (D-Lehigh) is aimed at ensuring that no state can restrict giving out food and water at polling places. 

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Wild says the legislation she introduced April 8  is a direct response to a new voting law in Georgia where it is currently illegal to pass out refreshments to voters in line within a certain distance of polling places.

Supporters of the law say it will prevent people from influencing voters. Opponents say it could disenfranchise low-income residents who may have to stand in line, say at dinner time. 

“When you see these long lines of voters across the country in areas like Georgia, waiting 8-10 hours to vote. The necessity of being able to have food and water is really important,” Wild says. 

Voters should be able to wait as long as it takes to cast their ballots, she says of her bill (HR 2440) also called the “Stay in Line to Vote Act.” 

Wild says she doesn’t think anyone should be allowed to hand out food or drinks labeled with a candidates’ name or party affiliation.  

Sixteen representatives from 11 states are co-sponsoring the bill. 


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