Recommendations for Reform

VOTER ID REQUIREMENTS

There should be no voter ID requirements and the voter ID law signed by Governor Corbett in 2012 should be repealed.


TIME OFF FOR DEMOCRACY
Businesses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should adopt the following practices as part of their Personal Employee Manuals:

  • On the day of a federal, state, or local election, an employee eligible to vote in that election may take up to two hours off work, without loss of pay, in order to vote.
  • After giving at least seven (7) days notice, and with approval of their supervisor, employees may take off the entire day, without pay, on the day of a federal, state, or local election in order to serve as an election officer or poll watcher, or to campaign for any candidate or ballot measure.
  • During the 14 days before every statewide election, employees will be notified through postings and/or memorandums of the Time-Off on Election Day policy for employees.


ABSENTEE VOTING

Pennsylvania should offer “no-excuse” absentee voting and also allow voters to sign up as a permanent absentee voter and automatically receive their mail ballot.


EARLY VOTING & SAME DAY REGISTRATION

Pennsylvania should pass a comprehensive state law allowing for early voting and election day registration, while taking the following measures to make sure that early voting and election day registration is as effective as possible:

  • Increase in-person early voting during the two weeks leading up to Election Day and offering multiple locations convenient to as many voters as possible.
  • Allow voters to register or update their registration and vote at the same time during the early voting period, as is done in North Carolina.


ELECTRONIC VOTER REGISTRATION SYSTEM

A statewide bill should be passed that requires the implementation of an electronic voter registration system that enables citizens to register and/or update their voter registration information online.

Author: WVPA

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