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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: January 21, 2021 09:19 AM
From: Senator Patrick J. Stefano and Sen. Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Repeal of No-Excuse Mail-In Ballots
Shortly, we intend to introduce legislation repealing the no-excuse mail-in ballot provisions enacted in Act 77 of 2019.
The 2020 election cycle was fraught with public confusion and misinformation, much of which was centered around mail-in ballots. 
Taking advantage of the unprecedented use of mail-in voting, Governor Wolf, Secretary of State Boockvar, and a rogue Supreme Court unlawfully usurped legislative power to set the conditions for an election result in their political interest.  Their actions were a direct attack on the legislature’s power to set the time, place, and manner of holding elections, as granted by the U.S. and Pennsylvania Constitutions.
These actions taken in the last moments leading up to the election were inconsistent and questionable and were not the legislature’s intent when passing Act 77.  By removing the provisions of law that allow for no-excuse mail-in ballots, we can regain some trust in our elections’ integrity.
Faith in our election process is crucial to our democracy.  We remain hopeful that this initiative, and any additional legislative changes that will come forward from our hearings, will once again restore confidence in our democracy and shine a light into the shadow of doubt that has been cast over Americans’ most democratic process.
We hope that you will join us in co-sponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB402