Proposed Changes to Pennsylvania Election Laws

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Pennsylvania’s state government committee introduced three election-related bills when lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday.

All bills are now considered by the full House.

House Bill 34 would regulate the transportation of ballots with a “cargo securement procedure” using a shipping container with a numbered security tag that seals the container. The bill would also require a bill of lading showing how, where and when the ballots were transported.

A poll watcher would also be entitled to know the security tag numbers and location of ballots stored during the election, which are awaiting counting or storage after the count.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) and referred to the state government committee on June 22, 2021.

House Bill 143 would require the Department of Health and the State Department to work together to remove deceased individuals from the voter database. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) would require a process of cross-checking databases once a month by reviewing first and last names, date of birth and the last four digits of security numbers. social.

The process would also update voter registration data from mail-in and absentee ballot applications. Diamond’s bill would also require updated records when a voter moves to a different county or state.

No registered voter would be removed from the voters list within 30 days of an election.

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House Bill 2484, sponsored by Rep. Lori Mizgorski (R-Allegheny) would require “a written candidate to file a
declaration of financial interests within 30 days of their appointment or election, unless the person declines the appointment or position within that period.

If a written candidate is nominated and fails to file a declaration of financial interests under this paragraph, the written candidate shall not appear on the ballot.

“The bills approved by the committee touch on three facets of elections – securing ballots, maintaining proper voter registration lists, and equality for all candidates in the general election,” the representative said. Seth Grove (R-York). “Each of these bills helps to make our elections more secure and to engender greater confidence in the results.”

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