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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2018 04:52 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Establishing a 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. The statement includes:

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/her turn to vote does not come until after those hours expire.
2. If a voter has moved from his polling district to another, he/she may return to their original polling district to vote for as long as he/she remains qualified there. To be eligible to vote in the new polling district, he/she 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 or she does not wish to vote for.
6. A voter who believes that any of his/her voting rights have been impinged may call their local police.

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor. Previous co-sponsors from SB 281 were: Costa, Fontana, Hughes, Farnese, Schwank, Blake, Brewster and Haywood.

Introduced as SB375