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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 7, 2016 12:49 PM
From: Senator Wayne D. Fontana
To: All Senate members
Subject: Early Voting
In the near future, I plan to reintroduce legislation that would allow early voting in Pennsylvania. Currently, there are 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, that offer some sort of early voting. To truly understand the magnitude early voting has had on the United States and how behind the commonwealth is, on November 7, 2016, one day before the Presidential Election, 42 million Americans had already casted their ballot through early voting.

My bill would allow for early voting to take place for a specific number of days over a course of several weeks before Election Day, including a set number of hours on Saturday during the early voting period. I believe my legislation will give Pennsylvania an advantage to be a key player when it comes to deciding potential Presidential candidates. In addition, early voting would give individuals who work several jobs or who travel often the ability to cast their vote during a time that better meets their needs without having to offer a reason why.

This legislation was introduced as SB 255 during the 2015-16 session and co-sponsors included Senators Farnese, Brewster, Blake, Costa, Schwank, Wiley, Yudichak, Boscola, Hughes, Williams, Leach and Browne.

Introduced as SB440