PRIOR PASSAGE - NONE
PRINTER'S NO. 1759
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE BILL
No.
1596
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY WHEELAND, STAATS, R. MACKENZIE, COOK, CAUSER,
BERNSTINE, KAUFFMAN, BOROWICZ, M. MACKENZIE, RYAN, DIAMOND,
OWLETT, HAMM, ROTHMAN, ROWE, MILLARD AND METCALFE,
JUNE 10, 2021
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON STATE GOVERNMENT, JUNE 10, 2021
A JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, further providing for qualifications of
electors.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby resolves as follows:
Section 1. The following amendment to the Constitution of
Pennsylvania is proposed in accordance with Article XI:
(1) That section 1 of Article VII be amended to read:
ยง 1. Qualifications of electors.
(a) Every citizen 21 years of age, possessing the following
qualifications, shall be entitled to vote at all elections
subject, however, to such laws requiring and regulating the
registration of electors as the General Assembly may enact.
1. He or she shall have been a citizen of the United States
at least one month.
2. He or she shall have resided in the State 90 days
immediately preceding the election.
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3. He or she shall have resided in the election district
where he or she shall offer to vote at least 60 days immediately
preceding the election, except that if qualified to vote in an
election district prior to removal of residence, he or she may,
if a resident of Pennsylvania, vote in the election district
from which he or she removed his or her residence within 60 days
preceding the election.
(b) In addition to the qualifications under subsection (a)
of this section, a qualified elector shall provide a valid
identification at each election in accordance with the
following:
1. When voting in person, the qualified elector shall
p resent a valid identification before receiving a ballot to vote
in person.
2. When voting by absentee ballot or mail-in ballot, the
qualified elector shall enclose a copy of a valid identification
with his or her absentee ballot or mail-in ballot.
(c) The Legislature shall, by general law, provide for the
types of valid identifications necessary for a qualified elector
to comply with subsection (b) of this section.
Section 2. (a) Upon the first passage by the General
Assembly of this proposed constitutional amendment, the
Secretary of the Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to
comply with the advertising requirements of section 1 of Article
XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the
required advertisements to two newspapers in every county in
which such newspapers are published in sufficient time after
passage of this proposed constitutional amendment.
(b) Upon the second passage by the General Assembly of this
proposed constitutional amendment, the Secretary of the
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Commonwealth shall proceed immediately to comply with the
advertising requirements of section 1 of Article XI of the
Constitution of Pennsylvania and shall transmit the required
advertisements to two newspapers in every county in which such
newspapers are published in sufficient time after passage of
this proposed constitutional amendment. The Secretary of the
Commonwealth shall submit this proposed constitutional amendment
to the qualified electors of this Commonwealth at the first
primary, general or municipal election which meets the
requirements of and is in conformance with section 1 of Article
XI of the Constitution of Pennsylvania and which occurs at least
three months after the proposed constitutional amendment is
passed by the General Assembly.
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