HARRISBURG – Sen. Doug Mastriano of Adams, Cumberland, & York Counties plans to introduce legislation to strengthen enforcement of election laws to ensure secure and accurate elections in the future. Under his proposal, an office would be established to investigate all election crimes, credible accusations of election crimes, and sworn affidavits alleging election violations. His measure also increases the penalty for illegal ballot harvesting from a misdemeanor to a third-degree felony for those individuals who knowingly collect and turn in multiple ballots on behalf of other voters. The Auditor General’s Office would be directed to conduct an annual comprehensive statewide audit of ballot chain of custody protocols, the SURE voter registration system, poll books, and all voting machines used for the administration of an election. The findings of the audit would be issued in a report to the General Assembly. Also, any changes to election laws via a court settlement will require the approval of the General Assembly. Further, the Secretary of State will be prohibited from entering a consent decree with any court regarding election procedures without first obtaining approval of the General Assembly.