Back on Election Day, we got the picture above from Sarah Carter of Woodbridge, Virginia, who said she waited three and a half hours to vote. That's inside the four-hour mark singled out for scrutiny by Florida Governor Rick Scott, but still an awfully long time. And it appears to about three times too long for a couple of Democratic lawmakers.
Senator Barbara Boxer of California and Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia have each introduced legislation designed to cut the wait time for voting to not more than an hour. From Boxer's press release:
The LINE Act (or the Lines Interfere with National Elections Act) would require the Attorney General, in consultation with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), to issue new national standards by January 1, 2014 regarding the minimum number of voting machines, election workers, and other election resources that are necessary to conduct Federal elections on Election Day and during early voting periods. The bill explicitly states that the goal of minimum standards is to prevent a waiting time of more than one hour at any polling place.
It's worth noting that Republicans are talking about getting rid of the Election Assistance Commission, and that Boxer has been pushing for the Senate to finally re-staff the commission. The board is currently empty.
I don't see the Boxer bill online yet. You can read Moran's House measure here (pdf). Since the election, Democrats have been kicking around measures designed to prevent another election debacle, including bills from Senator Chris Coons of Delaware and Congressman George Miller of California. (How to send us stuff.)