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A02481
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
SENATE BILL
No.
418
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY STEFANO, MARTIN, FOLMER, SCHWANK, KILLION, ARGALL,
BARTOLOTTA, COSTA, DiSANTO, K. WARD, GORDNER, J. WARD,
L. WILLIAMS, BROWNE AND BREWSTER, MARCH 19, 2019
SENATOR FOLMER, STATE GOVERNMENT, AS AMENDED, JUNE 18, 2019
AN ACT
Amending the act of June 3, 1937 (P.L.1333, No.320), entitled
"An act concerning elections, including general, municipal,
special and primary elections, the nomination of candidates,
primary and election expenses and election contests; creating
and defining membership of county boards of elections;
imposing duties upon the Secretary of the Commonwealth,
courts, county boards of elections, county commissioners;
imposing penalties for violation of the act, and codifying,
revising and consolidating the laws relating thereto; and
repealing certain acts and parts of acts relating to
elections," in ballots, further providing for number of
ballots to be printed and specimen ballots.
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Section 1007 of the act of June 3, 1937
(P.L.1333, No.320), known as the Pennsylvania Election Code, is
amended to read:
Section 1007. Number of Ballots to Be Printed; Specimen
Ballots.--(a) The county board of each county shall provide for
each election district [in which a primary is to be held, one
book of fifty official ballots of each party for every forty-
five registered and enrolled electors of such party and fraction
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thereof, appearing upon the district register, and shall provide
for each election district in which an election is to be held
one book of fifty official ballots for every forty-five
registered electors and fraction thereof appearing upon the
district register.] a supply of official election ballots for:
(1) the primary election in an amount of at least ten per
centum greater than the highest number of ballots cast in any of
the previous three primary elections in the election district;
and
(2) the general election in an amount of at least ten per
centum greater than the highest number of ballots cast in any of
the previous three general elections in the election district.
(1) THE GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS
IN WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES ARE NOT NOMINATED IN AN AMOUNT OF AT LEAST TEN twenty-
five PER CENTUM GREATER THAN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST
IN THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS THREE GENERAL
PRIMARY ELECTIONS AT WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WERE NOT NOMINATED;
(2) THE GENERAL PRIMARY ELECTION HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS
IN WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES ARE NOMINATED IN AN AMOUNT OF AT LEAST TEN twenty-five
PER CENTUM GREATER THAN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST IN
THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS THREE GENERAL
PRIMARY ELECTIONS AT WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WERE NOMINATED;
(3) THE MUNICIPAL PRIMARY ELECTION HELD IN ODD-NUMBERED
YEARS IN AN AMOUNT OF AT LEAST TEN twenty-five PER CENTUM
GREATER THAN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST IN ANY OF THE
PREVIOUS THREE MUNICIPAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN THE ELECTION
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DISTRICT;
(4) THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS IN
WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES ARE NOT ELECTED IN AN AMOUNT OF AT LEAST TEN twenty-five
PER CENTUM GREATER THAN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST IN
THE ELECTION DISTRICT IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS THREE GENERAL
ELECTIONS AT WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES WERE NOT ELECTED;
(5) THE GENERAL ELECTION HELD IN EVEN-NUMBERED YEARS IN
WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES ARE ELECTED IN AN AMOUNT OF AT LEAST TEN twe nty-five PER
CENTUM GREATER THAN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST IN THE
ELECTION DISTRICTS IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS THREE GENERAL
ELECTIONS AT WHICH CANDIDATES FOR THE OFFICE OF PRESIDENT OF THE
UNITED STATES WERE ELECTED; AND
(6) THE MUNICIPAL ELECTION HELD IN ODD-NUMBERED YEARS IN AN
AMOUNT OF AT LEAST TEN twenty-five PER CENTUM GREATER THAN THE
HIGHEST NUMBER OF BALLOTS CAST IN ANY OF THE PREVIOUS THREE
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS IN THE ELECTION DISTRICT.
(b) They shall also, in addition to the number of ballots
required to be printed for general distribution, maintain a
sufficient supply of such ballots at the office of the county
board for the use of absentee electors and for the use of any
district, the ballots for which may be lost, destroyed or
stolen. They shall also cause to be printed on tinted paper, and
without the facsimile endorsements, permanent binding or stubs,
copies of the form of ballots provided for each polling place at
each primary or election therein, which shall be called specimen
ballots, and which shall be of the same size and form as the
official ballots, and at each election they shall deliver to the
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election officers, in addition to the official ballots to be
used at such election, a suitable supply of specimen ballots for
the use of the electors. At each primary, a suitable supply of
specimen ballots of each party shall be furnished.
Section 2. This act shall take effect in 90 days.
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