|Posted:||December 1, 2022 11:42 AM|
|From:||Representative Russ Diamond|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Repeal No-Excuse Mail-in Voting by Constitutional Amendment|
|In the near future I will be introducing a joint resolution to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to end no-excuse mail-in voting. Simply put, this constitutional amendment will revert our elections back to what they were prior to Act 77 of 2019 by mandating in-person voting, with the exception of absentee voting as already provided for in Article VII.
I have heard from many constituents, as well as from citizens across Pennsylvania, regarding concerns with no excuse mail-in voting, drop boxes, and the other election operations needed to enable no-excuse mail-in voting. Their concerns are that no-excuse mail-in voting has opened our elections up to too many opportunities for possible fraudulent activity, and that as such they have lost faith in the electoral system.
The question of whether no-excuse mail-in voting under Act 77 is constitutional has been answered affirmatively by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Therefore, making in-person voting and the traditional absentee voting process the exclusive methods of voting in Pennsylvania can be achieved by amending our constitution’s language.
This joint resolution will simply allow the people to decide whether to end, or retain, no-excuse mail-in voting in Pennsylvania. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation to let the people decide.
Introduced as HB700