Wolf signs sweeping election reform bill into law

Wolf signs sweeping election reform bill into law

First the first time in decades, Pennsylvania will see a comprehensive revamp of its election laws, a move that comes with over $90 million in aid to help county governments purchase new election machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

 

Legislation was signed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday that would overhaul the state’s election code — allowing voters to vote by mail, turn in absentee ballots later and register to vote closer to election day. 

Thursday, October 31, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

Election reform package headed to governor’s desk

A sweeping update to the Pennsylvania Election Code sailed through the General Assembly this week, paving the way for one of the largest election code reforms in years.

 

The agreed-upon negotiation from the Republican-controlled legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf would provide $90 million in state aid to help counties shoulder the costs of new voting machines prior to next year’s presidential election.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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This week legislators were gearing up for a debate about Sunday hunting during next week's session,  Pennsylvania voters will now be able to submit absentee ballots via their home computers and lawmakers were at odds over whether or not to change the way alcohol is priced by the PLCB.

Thursday, September 12, 2019/Author: Kara Barmoy
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DOS defends voting machine re-examination after advocates raise security concerns

DOS defends voting machine re-examination after advocates raise security concerns

The Pennsylvania Department of State is doubling down on its re-examination of a voting machine that election security advocates say is vulnerable to tampering. 

The department recently conducted a re-examination of the ES&S ExpressVote XL, a touch-screen voting machine that produces a voter-verifiable paper record, after three election security advocacy groups petitioned the state to take another look at what they labeled as “deficiencies” in the machine.
Thursday, September 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

House State Government Committee hopes to find consensus on election reform

First adopted in 1937, the Pennsylvania Election Code requires polling locations to be illuminated with a lantern — or a proper substitute — to make sure voters are able to read ballot labels. State lawmakers point to that provision as a prime example of why the state needs to update its election code.

 

Fortunately, there is no shortage of proposals. The House State Government Committee reviewed close to 30 bills on Tuesday, and committee chairman Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming) said he sees a path forward for a bipartisan, omnibus election reform bill.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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