|Posted:||June 11, 2020 03:38 PM|
|From:||Representative Russ Diamond|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Removing Deceased Individuals from the Voter Rolls|
|Over the past year, articles have been written and lawsuits have been filed over Pennsylvania’s inability to remove deceased individuals from our voter rolls. Even though we have processes in place to address such issues, they are inefficient and not regularly adhered to.
In law, the time elapsed between when a voter passes away until they are removed from the voter rolls can be up to three months. This can lead to potential voter fraud, inaccurate voter turnout reports, and questions surrounding the integrity of the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) system.
To address this issue, I intend to introduce legislation to require the Department of Health and the Department of State to work together to streamline this process. Specifically, it will amend Section 1222 of Title 25 to mandate a monthly report of the names of deceased individuals to be removed from the SURE system.
This legislation is modeled after a similar reporting procedure prescribed by my HB775, which was aimed at scrubbing the names of deceased Pennsylvanians from mailing lists used by the Department of Aging and the PACE program to solicit additional state benefits. HB775 was unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate, and was signed into law by the Governor on April 17, 2020 as Act 14.
A more efficient process of cleaning up our voter rolls will not only eliminate future lawsuits, but also further safeguard the integrity of our elections. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation.
Introduced as HB2613