October 31, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact Jill Greene (717) 234-1576 email@example.com
LWVPA Statement on Signing of SB421
(Harrisburg, PA), October 31, 2019 – The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania celebrates the signing of SB 421, a landmark election reform package. This will bring much needed changes to Pennsylvania’s election code, support Census outreach and provide funding to counties for new voting machines. The League is proud to be part of the stakeholder groups working on this bill.
Pennsylvanians will now be able to register to vote up to fifteen days before an election, request a mail ballot without having an excuse, and return mail ballots by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day rather than 5:00 p.m. the Friday before.
In addition to vote by mail and voter registration reforms, SB 421 allocates $90 million for new voting systems and $4 million for census outreach. As a member of the Census 2020 Complete Count Commission, the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania had advocated for funding to make sure that all Pennsylvanian residents – particularly hard-to-count populations – are counted in the census.
“These reforms have been a long time coming,” Executive Director Jill Greene said, “and we are proud of the hard work of our members and good government allies who have dedicated countless hours advocating for these election reform changes. As we move into our 100th year of advocating for voter rights, we will continue to work tirelessly with our partners to ensure that Pennsylvania’s elections are secure, fair, and representative of the will of the voters.”
More information about LWVPA’s positions can be found at www.palwv.org.
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The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is the state affiliate of a nationwide, 99-year old nonpartisan grassroots organization of women and men who believe that through informed action, people can make profound changes in their communities. Founded in 1920 out of the woman suffrage movement, LWVPA volunteers work every day to provide voter services, educate the public, and advocate for issues that matter.