Butterfield Offers Amendment to Improve Early Voting Access in Rural Areas

Mar 7, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) offered an amendment to H.R. 1, the For the People Act.  The amendment would ensure early voting locations are available in rural areas and are strategically located in communities to provide greatest access to rural voters seeking to cast their ballots.  H.R. 1 is expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday.


“My amendment gets to the heart of what we’re trying to do here today with H.R. 1, and that is to make voting easier,” said Butterfield.  “My amendment builds on the underlying text of H. R. 1 that directs states to locate early voting locations within walking distance of stops on public transportation routes by recognizing that rural communities face very different challenges to voting as compared to voters in urban communities. 


“In many rural communities, like the ones I represent in eastern North Carolina, there is no public transportation in many of those communities.  So, polling locations in these communities need to be located where these voters will have the best chance to let their voices be heard in our elections and my amendment would ensure that happens.”  


Watch Congressman Butterfield’s full Floor speech in support of his amendment to H.R. 1 here or by clicking the image below.


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Butterfield offered the following amendments:


#2: Ensures states locate polling locations for early voting in rural areas of the state and ensure that those voting places are located in communities that will give rural residents the best opportunity to vote during the early voting period.


#43: Provides grants to states to encourage involvement of minors in election activities. Co-Sponsored with Rep. Don Beyer (VA-08).