Former Governor Tom Ridge advocates for earlier pre-canvassing

Written by on October 17, 2020

 Former Governor Tom Ridge advocates for earlier pre-canvassing

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

October 16, 2020

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FILE- This Oct. 22, 2009 file photo shows former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Ridge is out of the hospital more than two weeks after suffering a heart attack and is continuing his recovery in a Texas rehabilitation facility. A Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 statement issued through a family spokesman quoted Ridge saying he’s making great progress and feeling much better. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari, file)

Former Governor Tom Ridge says time is of the essence for state lawmakers to allow county election offices to begin counting ballots before Election Day.

Republican Tom Ridge – the nation’s first Homeland Security secretary – served as governor between 1995 and 2001.

He says in order to get important pieces of legislation passed, he had to put aside political differences and get personally involved in discussions with leaders.

Ridge says that’s what needs to happen – as soon as the legislature is back in session next week – to get a pre-canvassing measure passed.

“They could start those conversations on Monday morning, Monday afternoon, resolve it by Tuesday, pass it, governor signs it, and you move on. I mean, it’s a matter of will.”

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says she’s “not getting many signals” lawmakers will approve earlier pre-canvassing.

One of the only bills to change the election code is stalled in the state Senate.

Republicans are also asking the Supreme Court to overturn what changes have been made.

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