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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: February 7, 2023 05:05 PM
From: Senator Cris Dush
To: All Senate members
Subject: Ballot Integrity and Security Measures
Soon, I will introduce legislation regarding Pennsylvania implementing multiple security and modernization measures on ballots in Pennsylvania.
                In Pennsylvania, we have had recurring and continuous issues with ballot production and accuracy. In the most recent 2022 general election, some counties received ballots with candidates in the wrong order, some counties received ballots that could not be scanned by tabulators, and some polling locations ran out of paper ballots entirely. Fixable mistakes like these only add fuel to the fire of mistrust in our election systems. Measures must be taken that will help bolster our citizens trust in their ballots.
                The bill will ensure that all ballots will include multiple security measures to prevent the manipulation and counterfeiting of ballots that will be used by the electors of the Commonwealth. Unique identifiers, QR codes, holographic images and watermarks have been used in other states to provide anti-fraud measures on mail-in ballots and similar measures need to be adopted in Pennsylvania.
                With the expansion of mail in voting and the questions and issues surrounding ballots, it is more important now than ever before that we safeguard our elections through secure balloting practices. Free and fair elections are one of the reasons that the United States of America is a bastion of the liberty and freedoms we have in our republic.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this vital piece of legislation.

Introduced as SB250