PittCyber Releases Analysis of PA's New Voting Machines

On Thursday, Pitt Cyber (the Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security at the University of Pittsburgh) and Citizens for Better Elections released an analysis of PA’s new voting systems which concluded that the counties that purchased only Ballot Marking Devices (BMDs) are paying nearly double that of the counties that chose Hand Marked Paper Ballots (HMPBs). More about the report can be found here.

In February 2018, Governor Tom Wolf signed an order to require PA’s 67 counties to replace their outdated voting systems and acquire new systems that adhered to higher security standards. More about PA’s path to new machines and information on the new systems can be found on the PA Department of State’s website.

The Blue Ribbon Commission on Pennsylvania’s Cyber Security report released in January 2019 extensively documented the vulnerabilities of PA’s voting systems and called for action to replace those old systems with new, voter verified paper ballots.

LWVPA strongly encourages counties to consider purchasing Hand Marked Paper Ballot systems, as these are the most secure systems available. Citizens can find contact information for their county election officials here.

Mayor of Pittsburgh Honors 100th Anniversary of PA's Passage of 19th Amendment

On June 24, 2019, Mayor Bill Peduto honored Pittsburgh area suffragists in a celebration of the centennial of Pennsylvania’s signing of the 19th Amendment. Members of the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania were present, along with descendants of the women who campaigned throughout the region for womens’ right to vote.

LWV of Greater Pittsburgh President Maureen Mamula and LWVPA Co-President Terrie Griffin with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

LWV of Greater Pittsburgh President Maureen Mamula and LWVPA Co-President Terrie Griffin with Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto.

The League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020 alongside the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. The LWV formed out of the woman suffrage movement in February 1920. For more of our history, visit our website here.

League Member wins Voting Advocacy Award!

On July 24 at the 2019 Annual Conference on Independent Living in Washington D.C., LWV of Berks County member Shelly Houser was awarded the National Council on Independent Living’s District III Advocacy Award for her work in voting equality and education! Shelly is a fierce advocate for voting rights for disabled people and was active in the examinations and evaluations for the new voting machines coming to Pennsylvania in 2020. Congratulations on the well deserved honor, Shelly!

 
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Celebrating the 19th Amendment

On June 24, 2010, women from across the Commonwealth came together in the Capitol Rotunda to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the day Pennsylvania ratified the 19th Amendment granting voting rights to women!

Pat Jordan (LWV of Radnor Township) and LWVPA VP of Government and Social Policy Jamie Mogil

Pat Jordan (LWV of Radnor Township) and LWVPA VP of Government and Social Policy Jamie Mogil

LWVPA VP of Government and Social Policy Jamie Mogil, Governor Tom Wolfe, and immediate past President Susan Carty

LWVPA VP of Government and Social Policy Jamie Mogil, Governor Tom Wolfe, and immediate past President Susan Carty

First Lady Francis Wolf with Pat Stringer and Evey Henderson (LWV of the Harrisburg Area)

First Lady Francis Wolf with Pat Stringer and Evey Henderson (LWV of the Harrisburg Area)

Welcome to our new website!

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new website! It’s been many years since our website was last updated and we are glad to be able to provide a more modern look and a more user-friendly layout. After several weeks and many, many hours, we are proud to finally present our new home on the web!

Our goal with this new website is to provide information about the League’s important work on election reform, environmental protection, criminal justice reform, and education to our members, supporters, and the public at large. We strive to be your #1 resource on information about elections, interacting with your state and local governments, and advocating for the issues that matter to you. And we have a new feature that we’re very excited about, Member Stories. We hope you will check them out and learn about our League leaders and the amazing work they’ve done over the years..

We plan to constantly update our website with news, information, member profiles, action alerts, and more. Please look around and let us know what you think! If you have suggestions, please feel free to contact us at info@palwv.org or using our Contact Us form.

Thank you for visiting us at our new home!