PA. House Passes Election Integrity Bill: ‘The System Does Not Work’

PA. House Passes Election Integrity Bill: ‘The “System Does Not Work”
“We want to ensure elections are fair and the outcomes reflect the will of the people who legally cast their ballots,” said Rep. Ann Flood, a Republican who is a co-sponsor of the legislation, according to WFMZ-TV. “This has been one of the top issues for people I’ve talked with in our district since I took office back in January.”

Rep. Craig Staats, a Republican, asserted that a number of county election officials had informed them that the state Legislature needs to act to bolster election laws in the state.

“In our hearings, the message we received from our county election officials was very clear,” Staats said. “They said, the system does not work, and they need help. The Voting Rights Protection Act would provide that help.”

Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf has said several times that he will veto any election-related bill. On Tuesday, Wolf wrote on Twitter that he wouldn’t sign the measure, saying, “I will veto this bill if it reaches my desk in its current form.”

And Rep. Craig Staats, a Republican, asserted that a number of county election officials had informed them that the state Legislature needs to act to bolster election laws in the state.

“In our hearings, the message we received from our county election officials was very clear,” Staats said. “They said, the system does not work, and they need help. The Voting Rights Protection Act would provide that help.”

Some Democrat lawmakers said they wouldn’t support the bill due to its voter identification provision as well as the bill’s proposal to mandate an earlier deadline for voter registration.

“Folks are really asking for free and fair elections, and they’ll embrace the current system that we have and make the appropriate changes that the counties are asking us to do in the Legislature. What we have now is a 150-page document that is a complete waste of time,” Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, a Democrat, said on the floor.

The measure, House Bill 1300, now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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