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PRIOR PRINTER'S NOS. 883, 899
PRINTER'S NO. 952
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
735
Session of
2021
INTRODUCED BY J. WARD, MASTRIANO, ARGALL, BARTOLOTTA, MARTIN,
YAW, HUTCHINSON, PHILLIPS-HILL, STEFANO, MENSCH, PITTMAN,
BAKER, AUMENT, SCAVELLO AND GEBHARD, JUNE 11, 2021
AS AMENDED ON THIRD CONSIDERATION, JUNE 23, 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:
That section 1 of Article VII be amended to read:
ยง 1. Qualifications of electors.
(a) Every citizen [21] 18 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
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immediately preceding the election.
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 not voting in person, the qualified elector shall
provide a copy PROOF of a valid identification with his or her
ballot.
(c) Notwithstanding any law regarding the types of valid
identifications necessary for a qualified elector to comply with
subsection (b), valid identifications shall include, but not be
limited to, a valid government-issued identification. FOR
PURPOSES OF THIS SECTION, THE TERM "VALID IDENTIFICATION" MEANS
ANY VALID GOVERNMENT-ISSUED IDENTIFICATION, UNLESS OTHERWISE
PROVIDED FOR BY LAW.
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
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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
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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