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BREAKING: PA House Speaker Introduces Bill Allowing Early In-Person Voting, Same-Day Voter Registration (source: Keystone Votes)



This week, Pennsylvania House Speaker Joanna McClinton introduced legislation (House Bill 2369) that would make voting easier and more convenient by allowing two weeks of early in-person voting and authorizing same-day voter registration.


“We are so grateful to Speaker McClinton for her leadership on this issue and to all the co-sponsors who stepped up to support legislation that would ensure their constituents can participate freely and easily in our democratic process,” Pennsylvania Voice Executive Director Salewa Ogunmefun said.


More than 70 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, which has been referred to the House State Government Committee.


"Pennsylvania voters deserve every available option to make their voices heard," said All Voting is Local Action Co-Director of States Nick Pressley. "They deserve the choice to their ballot in the way that works best for them, their schedule, and their health and safety. Greater voting opportunities are vital to ensuring voters can safely, securely, and freely participate in our democracy."


Pennsylvania Voice, which joined the speaker at a Capitol news conference on March 19 when she unveiled plans for the legislation, has been leading the charge with its Keystone Votes coalition partners to ensure lawmakers do all they can to ensure every voter can freely, easily, and conveniently access the polls on election day.


“Early in person voting and same-day voter registration are not radical ideas; they are popular among average PA voters and will only strengthen and expand our democracy," said One Pennsylvania Executive Director Steve Paul. "By tearing down barriers and empowering every PA voter to engage in our electoral process, we fortify the very foundation of our democracy and guarantee that every voice resonates with power. This isn't just about elections; it's about reshaping our government and its processes so they authentically mirror the communities it represents and serves."


Pennsylvania Voice was among several groups to testify recently before the House Democratic Policy Committee to talk about ways to increase voter access.


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