|Posted:||May 10, 2017 02:53 PM|
|From:||Representative Christopher M. Rabb and Rep. Russ Diamond|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Electronic Collection of Signatures for Nomination Petitions|
|In the near future, we plan to introduce legislation directing the Pennsylvania Department of State to conduct a pilot program to determine the costs, benefits, and feasibility of a statewide system involving the electronic collection of signatures for nominations petitions.
Driver’s licenses and identification cards may represent a secure and effective tool in the collection and examination of signatures for candidates’ nomination petitions. Furthermore, the security of such cards may be enhanced should the Commonwealth take the steps necessary to comply with the federal REAL ID Act of 2005.
Therefore, this proposal directs the department to consider such tools in the pilot program and utilize voting districts that are diverse and geographically representative of the state. Further under the legislation, the department would consider how the program compares to our current system and issue a report to the General Assembly on their findings and recommendations.
As technology evolves, we should consider new and innovative procedures to modernize our elections system in order to provide greater efficiencies and safeguards. Your consideration and co-sponsorship are encouraged and appreciated.
Introduced as HB1454