Wolf proposes improvement to Pennsylvania’s elections system

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania’s Democratic governor wants legislation to let people register to vote on the day of elections and loosen the state’s strict rules for absentee ballots.

The York County Young Democrats are hosting a debate featuring candidates from three contested races in the upcoming May 15 primary.

Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday everyone who gets a license from the state Department of Transportation or signs up for a public service should be automatically registered to vote, unless they specifically opt out.

Wolf’s wish list from the Republican-controlled Legislature also includes limits on how much donors can contribute to political candidates and improvements to how donations are reported.

He favors having an independent commission draw political boundary lines.

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The governor wants to end the requirement people have a valid excuse before being allowed to vote with an absentee ballot .

The Senate State Government Committee plans to examine redistricting bills Tuesday in the Capitol.