Wolf says state to issue $90M bond to reimburse voting machine costs

Jim Melwert
July 09, 2019 - 4:09 pm
It’s been a week since Pennsylvania’s primary election day, giving Montgomery County officials some time to digest feedback on the new paper-ballot voting machines.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Less than a week after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a sweeping election reform bill that would have helped counties pay for new voting machines, he’s saying the state will issue a $90 million bond. But Republicans in the state legislature beg to differ. 

Late last month, the state legislature passed a wide-ranging bill that addressed everything from funding the new machines to banning straight party voting.

Wolf vetoed that bill on Friday.

Now, the governor is announcing the $90 million bond to reimburse counties up to 60 percent of their actual costs for the machines.

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A spokeswoman for senate majority leader Jake Corman says they’re looking into Wolf’s announcement to see if he can sidestep the state legislature.

After the 2016 election, Wolf issued a mandate that all counties choose new voting systems by the end of this year to be in place for the 2020 presidential primary. 

Nine counties, including Montgomery County, have already moved to a new system.