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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 10, 2021 02:37 PM
From: Representative Christopher M. Rabb
To: All House members
Subject: Establishing a pilot program to collect electronic signatures for nomination petitions
As technology evolves, we should embrace innovative and equitable procedures to modernize our elections system in order to provide greater efficiencies and safeguards.   
In this vein, my proposed legislation directs 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 nomination petitions.
With the enactment of the federal REAL ID Act of 2005, driver’s licenses and state identification cards represent secure sources from which to collect and verify electronic signatures for candidates’ nomination petitions.
Therefore, this proposal directs the department to consider such tools in the pilot program and use 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. 
Your consideration and co-sponsorship are encouraged and appreciated.