LETTER: Let's keep voting reform momentum going
There seems to be so much corruption and political fighting in both our federal and state government that few good laws get passed. But this past month our state government did pass a voting reform package — so let’s take a moment to celebrate the first electoral reform package in 80 years.
Thank you, Gov. Tom Wolf, and others who shepherded the legislation. The main change is “no excuse absentee ballots.” This will allow any Pennsylvanian to avoid long lines at the upcoming 2020 election — or any election in the future. We will be able to request an absentee ballot online or by phone, complete the ballots in the comfort of our homes and mail them in or drop them off at designated centers.
Colorado, Maine, Ohio and other states have ballots mailed to all registered voters, and this moves Pennsylvania in a similar direction.
The bill also reduces the voter registration deadline from 30 to 15 days before an election.
Our state has the largest and most expensive state legislature and is ranked the fifth most corrupt. We also need a gift ban, campaign finance reform, and to end gerrymandering with an independent citizens redistricting commission.
So legislators, let’s keep the momentum going and re-earn the trust of your constituents with more good government reform legislation.