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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: June 5, 2013 04:59 PM
From: Representative Mary Jo Daley
To: All House members
Subject: Electronic Voter Registration
In the near future, I plan on introducing legislation that would provide for electronic voter registration in Pennsylvania. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 17 states now have laws authorizing electronic voter registration. This legislation brings an efficient and cost-effective pathway for Pennsylvanians to register to vote, to maintain improved voter rolls and to increase civic participation at all levels.

My legislation would do the following:
  • Create a convenient online voter registration process for new voters and existing voters to update information
  • Provide legislative intent and clarity for its implementation to avoid operational missteps
  • Provide for signature verification required by Federal law through PennDOT’s SURE system and allow for paper signature verification for those without state-issued IDs allowing any Pennsylvanian to use the system
  • Ensure proper security tests & checks prior to implementation of the system
  • Implement penalties for fraudulent registrations or alterations to current records

By allowing electronic voter registration in addition to our current registration process, we have an opportunity to help many cash-strapped counties across Pennsylvania save money by cutting down on staff time used to manually input paper voter registration forms, while also decreasing opportunities for human error during data entry. While there would be upfront costs necessary to implement the program, long-term cost savings would provide a benefit to county voter services departments, our Commonwealth and, most importantly, its citizens.

I ask that you join me in this effort by co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Introduced as HB1727