HARRISBURG – Legislation to prohibit all county election officials and the Commonwealth Secretary from accepting private contributions and donations to administer elections has been passed by the PA House. House Bill 2044 would specifically prohibit any contribution to counties or the state for the purposes of operating elections, employing staff, equipping polling places or engaging in voter outreach. Bill sponsor, Westmoreland County Rep. Eric Nelson says Harrisburg’s job is to make certain that polls are accessible to every voter and that elections are held freely and fairly and not to funnel private election dollars to cherry-picked counties. Eliminating such money is a strong means to maintaining election integrity. The bill now goes to the state Senate.