A soon-to-be law takes aim at the practice of “rolling voting,” which critics say can be used to tip the scales in favor of one side in some elections by moving polling places too often. The law’s backers say it adds uniformity and predictability to the process by requiring, among other things, that mobile polling locations be open for two consecutive days, eight hours a day, in some cases. That contrasts with some elections, often those held by school districts, in which officials move around the locations for briefer periods, according to the rolling voting opponents.
With rolling voting, some entities can “could essentially harvest votes,” said Rep. Greg Bonnen, the Friendswood Republican who authored the legislation, House Bill 2027. “That did not seem consistent with giving all the voters an equal stake in the election.”
The practice has particularly drawn attention from fiscal conservatives, who suspect debt-plagued school districts employ rolling voting to push through costly bond proposals. For example, districts may move a voting machine to a school sporting event for only a few hours, targeting voters most likely to support the district’s proposals.
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