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House of Representatives
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: February 11, 2021 04:56 PM
From: Representative Ed Gainey
To: All House members
Subject: Automatic Issuance of Mail-in Ballots (Part of Election Protection Package)
 
In 2020, we saw a vast swath of our state engage in mail-in voting. Unfortunately, the cumbersome application process created an unnecessary hurdle for many.
 
This is why I am introducing legislation that does the following: 

· Removes the requirement for registered voters to apply for mail-in ballots; 

· Provides for the automatic issuance of mail-in ballots to all registered voters 60 days before a scheduled election; 

· Provides voters the option of either voting by mail or voting in-person; and 

· Gives all voters the ability to return their mail ballots to drop-boxes, thereby providing an added level of security for mail-in voting. 

Other states, such as Colorado, make voting by mail simple by automatically mailing out ballots to all registered voters. It’s time for us to do the same. Democracy works best when citizens participate in the voting process, and we must do all we can to ensure that every eligible voter is able to cast their vote. Please support this legislation and join me in making voting more accessible for all Pennsylvanians.



Introduced as HB895