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Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 23, 2021 04:32 PM
From: Representative Joe Webster
To: All House members
Subject: One Voter, One Ballot Application
I plan to introduce legislation to prohibit third-party organizations from sending ballot applications to eligible voters and hope you’ll join me as a cosponsor of this bill.

A record number of Pennsylvanians cast their ballot for the November 2020 election safely by mail.  Nevertheless, eligible voters across the state were left frustrated and confused by mail-in ballot applications sent to them by third-party organizations. Most third-party organizations do not ensure the accuracy of their mail-in ballot applications, leading to outdated or inaccurate prefilled information being sent to our voters.

Voting by mail is convenient and secure, but our residents were inundated by ballot applications with incorrect prefilled information. We need to do more to protect our voters.  The legislation will also require the Department of State to send ballot applications to all eligible voters unless they opt out of this service.

Voters already face an onslaught of election-related information each cycle. They do not need to sift through countless ballot applications sent by an untold number of third-party organizations.  This is a commonsense solution that will lead to less frustration for our residents.  Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as HB1270