HARRISBURG – The PA House advanced an amended version of House Bill 1800 – the Voting Rights Protection Act – setting up a final vote in December to modernize PA’s election system. The measure would require absentee and mail-in ballots received before Election Day be opened and counted by 9 p.m. election night. All mail-in and absentee ballots received on Election Day would need to be opened and counted by 2 a.m. the following day. Finally, election offices must compute all returns from each precinct, with the exception of provisional ballots, and all canvassed mail-in or absentee ballots, by no later than 6 a.m. the day after the election. Already included in the bill is a provision to give counties the ability to start counting mail-in ballots ahead of Election Day.