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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: August 11, 2020 12:26 PM
From: Representative Carol Hill-Evans
To: All House members
Subject: Allow Polling Place Consolidation for the November Election
In recent years, we have seen county boards of elections struggle to find available poll workers – the dedicated individuals who ensure our elections run smoothly and with confidence.  This issue was further exacerbated during the 2020 primary as many of our poll workers did not participate in the election over coronavirus concerns.  To help address the decrease in poll workers – and to make the primary safer overall – a provision of Act 12 of 2020 permitted the consolidation of polling places.

As the coronavirus pandemic endures, we must continue to give our county boards of elections the flexibility to address a possible lack of available poll workers while they continue to ensure a free and fair election.  Furthermore, we must look to the future in anticipation of another emergency that will undoubtedly affect an election.  For these reasons, I plan to introduce legislation which will allow for the consolidation of polling places for the November 2020 general election as well as for any election held thereafter under a declaration of disaster emergency.

This is a necessary and commonsense piece of legislation that will allow our county boards of elections to safely conduct this important election amid a global pandemic.  Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.  Your consideration is greatly appreciated.

Introduced as HB2819