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April 13, 1989
By a vote of 238 for and 154 against, the House passed a bill requiring polls to close at the same time in presidential elections in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The bill was sent to the Senate. Voting would end at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. MST. In the Pacific zone, where daylight-saving time would be extended by the bill to encompass presidential Election Day, polls would also close at 7 p.m.; that extension would occur only in presidential election years. The purpose of the bill is to get around what many say is the problem of some Westerners deciding not to vote after hearing network commentators project winners based on results from states where polls have closed.
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April 23, 1989 | Richard E. Cohen, Richard E. Cohen covers Congress for the National Journal
There are times when Americans in large numbers turn their frustrations on Washington. One such occasion was last Monday, when income-tax returns were due. Another is on presidential election days. Especially for Californians and others in the West, geographic isolation has been reinforced in the last decade by a new problem: Why vote for President when the major television networks, plus many politicians back East, have already decreed the winner? In the three most recent presidential elections, the suspense was over hours before polls closed at 8 p.m. on the West Coast.
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NEWS
March 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Legislation to set a uniform poll-closing time on presidential Election Day in the Lower 48 states was approved on a voice vote by the House Administration Committee on Wednesday and sent to the full House. Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash.), sponsor of the bill, said he expects the House to approve it in early April. Under the bill, polls on Election Day when the presidency is at stake would close at 9 p.m. EST.
NEWS
April 16, 1989
Uniform Poll Closing By a vote of 238 for and 154 against, the House passed a bill requiring polls to close at the same time in presidential elections in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The bill was sent to the Senate. Voting would end at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. MST. In the Pacific time zone, where daylight-saving time would be extended by the bill to encompass presidential Election Day, polls would also close at 7 p.m; the extension would occur only in presidential election years.
NEWS
April 16, 1989
Uniform Poll Closing By a vote of 238 for and 154 against, the House passed a bill requiring polls to close at the same time in presidential elections in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The bill was sent to the Senate. Voting would end at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. MST. In the Pacific time zone, where daylight-saving time would be extended by the bill to encompass presidential Election Day, polls would also close at 7 p.m; the extension would occur only in presidential election years.
NEWS
April 16, 1989
By a vote of 238 for and 154 against, the House passed a bill requiring polls to close at the same time in presidential elections in all states except Alaska and Hawaii. The bill was sent to the Senate. Voting would end at 9 p.m. EST, 8 p.m. CST and 7 p.m. MST. In the Pacific zone, where daylight-saving time would be extended by the bill to encompass presidential Election Day, polls would also close at 7 p.m; that extension would occur only in presidential election years. The purpose of the bill is to get around what many say is the problem of some Westerners deciding not to vote after hearing network commentators project winners based on results from states where polls have closed.
NEWS
April 6, 1989 | JOSH GETLIN, Times Staff Writer
The House, responding to concerns that television reports of East Coast election returns have influenced voting in Western states, on Wednesday approved legislation to create a uniform poll closing time for presidential elections. The bill was approved in a 238-154 vote. It now goes to the Senate, which has twice failed to act on similar legislation. But sponsors said its prospects have improved because key senators have promised to bring the measure up for a vote sometime this year.
NEWS
March 16, 1989 | From Associated Press
Legislation to set a uniform poll-closing time on presidential Election Day in the Lower 48 states was approved on a voice vote by the House Administration Committee on Wednesday and sent to the full House. Rep. Al Swift (D-Wash.), sponsor of the bill, said he expects the House to approve it in early April. Under the bill, polls on Election Day when the presidency is at stake would close at 9 p.m. EST.
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