Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are pushing an overhaul of the state’s election system with new voter laws. They aim to tighten security and reduce fraud. The proposal is among more than 300 voting bills introduced by GOP lawmakers nationwide following the 2020 presidential election. 

Pennsylvania’s proposal is not unlike the two Arizona laws currently facing a federal lawsuit. Introduced by State Rep. Seth Grove (R), the bill calls for stricter voter ID requirements, enhanced verification of signatures on mail-in ballots, decreased hours at polling stations, and other changes.

The 150-page proposal bans local governments from accepting private donations for election purposes. However, it allocates new state funding to cover the cost of electronic poll books and other supplies. 

These Pennsylvania voter laws require all voters to present a valid ID each time they vote. But they also expand what counts as a valid ID and offers free ID cards to anyone who asks.

“This is a solid election reform bill, which simply ensures it is easier to vote and harder to cheat,” says Grove. “This responsible bill includes all aspects of issues brought before the committee and will propel Pennsylvania’s election into the 21st century, all while fixing fatal flaws and election security issues.”

Introduced following a series of 10 hearings held between January and April, Grove’s proposal includes an additional $3.1 million in funding to the state auditor general to create a Bureau of Election Audits. The new agency would be tasked with conducting ‘results-confirming audits’ of every election in the state.

“Even a shred of uncertainty in the results of our elections is enough to shake the bedrock of what we stand for in this country,” argues House Speaker Bryan Cutler (R). “We must make strides to grow trust in our processes, and a thorough, independent audit of every election in our Commonwealth is a step toward ensuring the public’s trust.”

Pennsylvania was a major source of uncertainty in 2020 when the state voted for Biden by a margin of just 1%. Former President Donald Trump called for a forensic audit, but lawmakers refused. 

Grove’s proposal cleared the GOP-led House and Senate in June. However, it is expected to face a veto from Governor Tom Wolf (D).

“Make no mistake, this proposal is not about protecting voter rights or increasing access,” says Wolf’s press secretary, Lyndsay Kensinger. “It is an extremist proposal to try and undermine confidence in our election system which led to the assault on the US Capitol.” 

Democratic lawmakers including Wolf oppose any and all changes to election security.

“This is another attempt by our Republican majorities to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 election,” argues State Rep. Matt Bradford (D). “The party of Trump seems committed to a voter suppression platform.” 

Grove has promised to introduce a ballot measure for voter ID if Wolf votes his legislation. According to polls, roughly 74% of Pennsylvania voters (and 80% of voters nationwide) support voter ID requirements.

“We will move on to doing a Constitutional Amendment for voter ID,” promised Grove. “And then we will be moving off of election reform, and we’re going to take it to the people if Governor Wolf doesn’t want to work with us.” 

Sources:

Pa. GOP proposes major election overhaul, including stricter voter ID and in-person early voting 

Pennsylvania GOP proposes creating election audit bureau 

PA Gov. Wolf calls GOP-backed election bill ‘extremist proposal’ to ‘take away’ voting rights 

Pennsylvania Senate Passes ‘One of the Strongest Integrity Bills’ in the Country: Committee Chairman 

25 thoughts on “Republicans Introduce New Voter Laws”
  1. 🥰💥👍CHRISTrumpOwens and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers successfully US 2020-2024 Reelected Landslide
    Amen & Amen👍💥🥰

  2. I live in Pennsylvania I and other true Americans must get voter integrity and a Audit I want My vote to count and not be stolen.

  3. LISTEN UP….I am 100% for ELECTION INTEGRITY. Need STRICTER VOTING REGULATIONS…VOTE FRAUD PREVENTION…STRICTER PENALTIES for VOTER FRAUD..at LEAST 10 YRS in PRISON and UP to 20YRS. PEOPLE Will THINK TWICE Before CHEATING. From SamuraiQueen. 😄😄😄

  4. I simply couldn’t leave your web site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard information a person provide on your visitors? Is gonna be again ceaselessly in order to check out new posts.

  5. I just could not depart your website before suggesting that I extremely loved the usual information an individual provide to your visitors? Is gonna be back frequently to investigate cross-check new posts.

  6. I just could not depart your web site before suggesting that I really loved the usual information a person provide to your visitors? Is gonna be back continuously in order to investigate cross-check new posts.

  7. Hmm it looks like your website ate my first comment (it was
    extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I had written and
    say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything.
    Do you have any tips for novice blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.

  8. It’s really a great and helpful piece of info. I’m happy that you simply shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  9. You really make it seem so easy together with your presentation however I in finding this matter to be really something that I believe I’d by no means understand. It kind of feels too complicated and very extensive for me. I’m taking a look forward on your next post, I’ll attempt to get the cling of it!

  10. I blog very often and I seriously treasure your material. This terrific piece has genuinely peaked my rate of interest. I am going to book mark your website and keep looking for fresh info relating to when a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

  11. My programmer is trying to persuade me to move to .net from PHP. I have always disliked the idea because of the expenses. But he’s tryiong none the less. I’ve been using Movable-type on numerous websites for about a year and am worried about switching to another platform. I have heard great things about blogengine.net. Is there a way I can transfer all my wordpress content into it? Any help would be really appreciated!

  12. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community. Your website provided us with valuable info to work on. You’ve done an impressive job and our whole community will be grateful to you.

  13. At this time it appears like Movable Type is the top blogging platform out there right now. (from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

  14. Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some guidance from an established blog. Is it difficult to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty fast. I’m thinking about creating my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thanks

  15. Excellent beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog site? The account aided me a acceptable deal. I had been a little bit acquainted of this your broadcast offered bright clear idea

  16. This design is spectacular! You certainly know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!

  17. I think this is among the most significant info for me. And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The website style is perfect, the articles is really nice : D. Good job, cheers

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.