County Commissioners throughout Pennsylvania Name for Electoral Reform – CBS Pittsburgh

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – After the 2020 elections, district leaders are calling for more time to pre-determine mail-in ballot papers and an earlier application deadline for voting.

The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania last week released its preliminary report and recommendations that set out priorities for further reforms to the electoral law.

“Despite the challenges of 2020 – including implementing Law 77 and holding elections amid a global pandemic – counties have continued to exercise their responsibility to ensure that elections are fair, safe and successful,” said the Butler County and CCAP Commissioner President of 2021, Kevin Boozel issued a press release.

“But districts have also learned a lot from our frontline experience, and we have identified a number of areas where we can work with the General Assembly and the administration to improve the electoral code and our electoral processes.”

The association is renewing its demands to give the counties more time to advertise mail-in ballots in advance instead of starting at 7 a.m. on election day, and to set the application deadline for mail-in ballots 15 days before the election accordingly to postpone the registration deadline for voters.

Sherene Hess, Indiana County commissioner and chair of the CCAP electoral reform committee, said in a press release that these two measures alone “could solve a significant portion of the counties’ challenges.”

They also try to resolve issues that lawsuits and administrative issues make them subject to interpretation.

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