HARRISBURG – Legislation revamping PA’s election law has been unveiled by House State Government Committee Chairman, Rep. Seth Grove of York County. House Bill 1300, known as the Voting Rights Protection Act, comes after months of committee hearings with input from state and local election officials, election experts, and various stakeholders addressing serious flaws in the Commonwealth’s Election Code. The bill would tighten security by expanding upon PA’s current voter ID law, require regular election audits, improve election uniformity among the 67 counties, enhance certification processes for all machines used in elections, require signature verification using ballot scanning equipment for mail-in and absentee ballots, improve lists of registered voters, and more. It also would allow mail-in ballots to be counted starting five days before the election, as opposed to current law which allows the count to begin no earlier than 7 a.m. on Election Day. It would also move the last day to register to vote back to 30 days prior to an election. The bill now goes to the House State Government Committee for consideration.

REP. SETH GROVE