Wolf Administration announces move to let voters apply for absentee ballots online

Wolf Administration announces move to let voters apply for absentee ballots online

Pennsylvania voters are set to be able to register online as part of a new initiative from the Wolf Administration that officials say will continue to make it easier for residents to vote.

Starting September 16, voters will be able to apply at http://votespa.com/ApplyAbsentee provided they have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID number. Voters will have until Ocober. 29 to request a ballot.
Monday, September 9, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

Following Wolf veto, DiGirolamo bill is set to 'take another run' at state support for new voting machines

At least one member is taking another run at ensuring counties get upwards of $90 million to underwrite the cost of buying new voting machines, just days after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a larger bill that would have doled out money to local governments for that purpose.

Wolf vetoed SB 48 on Friday, a bill which would have raised the $90 million by bonding, covering up to 60 percent of the costs incurred by counties from complying with a Department of State mandate to replace all voting machines by the 2020 presidential election.
Monday, July 8, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

5 bills to watch for the week of June 24

We get it, session weeks are busy. That's why we put together a list of the bills being discussed in committee and on the floor of the General Assembly that are worth devoting your precious time to tracking. From career and technical education to voting machines, here are five bills to watch for the week of June 24.
Friday, June 21, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers to consider moving voting machine funding out of budget

Lawmakers are looking to roll support for counties purchasing new voting machines into a legislative rebuke of Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to compel local governments to buy new machines ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

SB 48, authored by Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia), would bar the mass decertification of voting machines unless certain conditions are met. If the state does elect to proceed with replacing machines en masse, it must give the General Assembly advance notice so it can intervene if necessary.
Thursday, June 20, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms

Senate Republicans unsure on re-nominating Boockvar as Monday deadline looms

Senate Republicans have expressed concerns regarding the re-nomination of Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, and it is unclear whether there is enough support in the caucus to advance her candidacy by Monday’s deadline.

The Senate State Government Committee opted to move Boockvar’s nomination to the floor Tuesday without attaching a recommendation, a relatively rare step that members said was due to concerns within the majority caucus.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019/Author: Andrew Bahl
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