Senate Bill 421, which passed the Senate and House and is on its way to the governor’s desk, received the support of Sen. Lisa Baker, R-20th. Once signed into law it will bring the most comprehensive changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws in more than eight decades and will also provide $90 million in much-needed funding to replace county voting machines, boosting election security and ensuring that local taxpayers did not have to pick up the tab for the required upgrades.
Among its provisions, the bill would:
- Extend the deadline for voters to submit an absentee ballot, from the Friday before Election Day until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
- Push back the voter registration deadline from 30 days before an election to 15 days.
- Allow voters to request and submit an absentee ballot by mail without providing a reason.
- Create a permanent mail-in voter list.
Andrew M. Seder