HARRISBURG, PA — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed an election reform bill that will implement several “voter-friendly” election reforms — including no-excuse mail-in voting — by the April 2020 primary election. The governor calledAct 77 “the most significant improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections in more than 80 years.” The law allows Pennsylvania residents to vote by mail up to 50 days before an election, without an excuse. Voters can elect to be placed on a list to permanently receive a ballot application by mail. It also extends voter registration times, and authorizes a $90 million bond to help counties fund the purchase of new voting systems with a paper trail. The state House of Representatives on Tuesday advanced the bill in a 138-61 vote. Later that day, the state Senate approved it in a 35-14 vote. “This bill makes voting more convenient and more secure for millions of Pennsylvanians and continues my commitment to modernizing our elections,” said Governor Wolf. “This is the biggest change to our elections in generations and will strengthen our democracy by removing barriers to the voting booth and encouraging more people to vote. I applaud all of the legislators and stakeholders for their work… Read full this story
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