|Posted:||July 8, 2019 11:47 AM|
|From:||Representative Gene DiGirolamo|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Helping our Counties replace voting machines|
|As we all know, our counties are in the midst of replacing voting machines. They are working diligently, within a short time frame, to make the right choices for their respective voters. This is a costly endeavor and we must take steps to provide needed funding.
That is why I plan to introduce a new bill that will continue the debate on the most timely and important provisions of Senate Bill 48. Given that the Governor has directed counties to replace their voting machines by the end of the year, funding for new machines is a priority of our counties. Like Senate Bill 48, this legislation will authorize the Pennsylvania Economic Development Financing Authority (PEDFA) to issue bonds for up to $90 million to provide such funding. Counties will be eligible to receive no more than 60% of the costs incurred in securing their voting machines or 60% of their estimated costs.
Given that voters who follow existing procedures and timelines for obtaining, casting and/or mailing absentee ballots can end up being disenfranchised due to postal service issues and tight timelines in the law, I believe that it is also a priority to extend absentee voting timelines and simplify the emergency absentee voting process. My legislation will include provisions of Senate Bill 48 that:
Introduced as HB1783