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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2021 - 2022 Regular Session


Posted: March 15, 2021 05:30 PM
From: Senator Doug Mastriano
To: All Senate members
Subject: Poll Watcher Empowerment Act
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to create flexibility for poll watchers and allow them to perform their duties on Election Day. Poll watchers are essential in safeguarding Pennsylvania’s elections from fraud and irregularities.

Under this new bill, all registered voters of Pennsylvania will be eligible to be a poll watcher in any precinct in the state of Pennsylvania. These watchers will not be required to be a resident of the county, municipality, or precinct they are appointed to.

Candidates for office will be able to appoint two poll watchers per precinct.
Additionally, each political party will have the opportunity to appoint three watchers per precinct.

My bill will also levy penalties on any election officials who block, impede, or otherwise intimidate a poll watcher while performing in his or her official duties on Election Day.

Please consider co-sponsoring this important piece of legislation

Introduced as SB573