With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications

With straight-ticket voting officially eliminated in PA, other states show a mixed bag of potential ramifications

Tuesday marked the last hurrah for straight-party voting in the state, with the option to vote for every candidate of a single party via the push of a button set to disappear next spring after Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a significant overhaul of the state’s election system.

The provision was a key bargaining chip for Republicans in potentially reforming the state’s election system. The first attempt at ending straight-ticket voting was met with Wolf’s veto pen over the summer, however, with the governor citing potential effects on voter turnout.
Thursday, November 7, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Right 2 Know Episode 28: Rock the vote (unless its straight ticket)

Right 2 Know Episode 28: Rock the vote (unless its straight ticket)

Justin and Andrew bring you up to speed on everything you need to know on the latest election reform package zooming through the General Assembly. They also give you all the PA politics costume ideas you need to wow the crowd at your Halloween parties. Like what you hear? Follow us on Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Spotify
Friday, October 25, 2019/Author: The PLS Reporter
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State lawmakers renew effort to fund voting machines, pass election reforms

State lawmakers renew effort to fund voting machines, pass election reforms

State lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled an omnibus election reform bill that will be tethered to $90 million in county funding for voting machines, reviving an effort that was stopped by a veto from Governor Tom Wolf back in June.

 

The bill would resuscitate a number of reforms included in the since-vetoed Senate Bill 48 — namely, the elimination of the straight-party ballot option and a reduction in the number of ballots that counties are required to print per election. However, the new legislation would also create a variant of no-excuse absentee voting, which would allow any commonwealth resident to vote by mail.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Philadelphia legislator wants to allow ranked-choice voting in municipal elections

Sen. Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) wants to give municipalities the option to implement ranked-choice voting in their local elections in this latest effort in election reform.

Earlier this month, Williams introduced a memorandum seeking co-sponsorship for legislation giving the option for ranked-choice local elections in order to “improve civic engagement and voter turnout in Pennsylvania’s municipal elections.”

Friday, October 18, 2019/Author: Harrison Cann
Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting

Lawmakers continue push for no-excuse absentee ballot voting

After an omnibus election reform bill was vetoed by Gov. Tom Wolf in June, state lawmakers are revisiting potential changes to the state’s Election Code, which elected officials on both sides of the political spectrum believe is long overdue.

 

In a joint meeting between the House and Senate State Government Committees on Monday, lawmakers heard from county officials and other interested stakeholders on their top election-related priorities. Their shared goal? No-excuse absentee voting.

Monday, September 16, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
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