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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2014 12:22 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Statement of Voter's Rights
I plan to reintroduce legislation amending the state Election Code by setting forth a concise Statement of Voter’s Rights.

This bill would also require that the Statement of Voter’s Rights be visible in all voter registration offices and polling places:

1. A voter who is in line at the correct polling place during hours it is required by law to be open may vote, even if his turn to vote does not come until after those hours expire.
2. If a voter has moved from his polling district to another, he may return to his original polling district to vote for as long as he remains qualified there. To be eligible to vote in the new polling district, he must either file a notice of removal with the voting registrar or register anew.
3. A voter who has a physical disability or who cannot read or white, may apply to the voting registrar for a special needs ballot, but this must be done at least ten days before the election.
4. A voter may bring his or her children who are not yet 18 years of age into the voting booth.
5. A voter has the right to vote without being intimidated or forced to vote for someone he does not wish to vote for.
6. A voter who believes that any of his voting rights have been impinged may call his local police.

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor. This is a reintroduction of SB 363 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: COSTA, FONTANA, KITCHEN, FARNESE, TEPLITZ, BREWSTER and WOZNIAK.

Introduced as SB90