election-reform

With a softened stance from the governor, House GOP to reintroduce election reform bill

BY: - July 21, 2021

On Wednesday, the bill’s author, House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York, said he planned to reintroduce the bill that Wolf vetoed in June over its strict voter identification requirements. 

Pa. Senate sends election law rewrite to Wolf, who promises veto over Voter ID language

BY: - June 25, 2021

The bill sponsored by House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, is the product of 10 hearings on election reform held after the 2020 General Election.

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition; Pa.’s Toomey votes to block

BY: - June 22, 2021

As of May 14, state Republican legislators have introduced 389 bills with restrictive voting provisions across 48 states, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. 

New F&M poll: Wolf’s approval plummets; Pa. residents back major voting changes

BY: - June 18, 2021

Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval ratings have taken a post-pandemic hit among Keystone State voters, with barely four in 10 (39 percent) saying he’s doing an excellent or good job, down from 52 percent in July 2020, according to a new Franklin & Marshall College poll. That 13-point drop is tied to a pessimism about the […]

Elections officials, advocates see some to like — but a lot to raise eyebrows — in Pa. House GOP election bill

BY: - June 15, 2021

Since last November, House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove, R-York, has signaled his interest in rewriting the state’s election law. Now, after eight months and 30 hours of hearings, Grove’s nearly 150-page bill was approved in a party-line committee vote on Tuesday, making the first step in the long path to changing a law. […]

House GOP releases election reform plan; includes voter ID, early voting

BY: - June 10, 2021

It comes as Republican legislatures across the country have passed stricter voting laws, often driven by former GOP President Donald Trump's baseless claims of voter fraud.

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Voting doesn’t need to be a gauntlet. Republicans are doing all they can to make it one anyway | Bob Lewis

BY: - June 10, 2021

Rather than stand up to Trump’s madness, GOP legislatures and governors fearful of angering him and his worshipful followers are dutifully making it harder to vote.

Pa. County Commissioners say they want lawmakers to finish key pieces of election reform before summer recess

BY: - June 1, 2021

(*This story was updated at 4:09 p.m. on Tuesday, 6/1/21 with comment from House Republican spokesperson Jason Gottesman and David Thornburgh, executive director of the Committee of Seventy) Pennsylvania’s county commissioners reiterated an urgent call for help to state lawmakers on Tuesday, pleading with them to pass a pair of key reform measures before they […]

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To protect voting rights in Pa., for us all, the Senate needs to pass the For the People Act | Opinion

BY: - May 28, 2021

From state to state across the country, democracy is under attack. We continue to see the extent of damage Republicans can do.

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Want common sense electoral reform? Legalize weekend voting | Jonathan C. Rothermel

BY: - May 27, 2021

Of the 36 countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development , 27 hold elections on the weekend.

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

BY: - May 25, 2021

Nazita Lajevard, an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, said her research has focused on how voter ID laws affect minority voters.