Tweaks to the commonwealth’s election code could come by the end of the year

Written by on April 26, 2021

Tweaks to the commonwealth’s election code could come by the end of the year

By Sam Dunklau

April 26, 2021

FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 file photo, Chester County election workers process mail-in and absentee ballots for the 2020 general election in the United States at West Chester University in West Chester, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Many Pennsylvania House Republicans favor following the lead of other GOP-controlled state legislatures in making it harder to cast a ballot. 

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GOP lawmakers on Pennsylvania’s House State Government Committee want to tighten voter identification requirements and clamp down on third-party mail-in application drives, as other red states have done.

But Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), the panel’s majority chair, insists everything is on the table, including a call from county election directors to expand ballot pre-canvassing time.

“We are committed to working with the governor’s office, our Democratic colleagues, the Senate, everybody to advance this issue moving forward,” Grove says. 

Grove is one of several dozen state lawmakers who signed a letter asking Congress to object to Pennsylvania’s 2020 election result, without any evidence that would call that result into question.

No evidence exists to support claims of widespread fraud, and judges and officials of both parties have concluded the 2020 election was free and fair.

The committee completed a series of election hearings that were partially spurred on by election fraud lies last fall.

Rep. Margo Davidson (D-Delaware) say the hearings wasted time:

“We could have started the process of legislating, what we are paid to do, in February or March, and so we could be having real conversations about real legislation instead of this dog and pony show that you’re seeing right now,” Davidson says. 

Davidson says Democrats will support things like expanding the amount of time counties can prepare ballots, and wants to vote on that kind of measure by September.

State lawmakers of both parties do agree counties should be better equipped to handle future elections.

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