Pa. Senate panel considers sweeping election reforms

Tony Romeo
April 30, 2019 - 4:00 pm
State senators, including Democrat Judy Schwank, spoke of momentum behind wide-ranging changes intended to make voting more convenient.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A state Senate committee heard hours of testimony on sweeping proposals to reform elections in Pennsylvania, including legislation that would allow for early voting and would allow Independents to vote in primary elections.

State senators, including Democrat Judy Schwank, spoke of momentum behind wide-ranging changes intended to make voting more convenient.

"We're actually finally considering some modifications to how we vote that will make it easy for citizens to actually participate in their government," Schwank said. 

Schwank spoke at a hearing conducted by the Senate State Government Committee. She is sponsoring legislation that would essentially allow for early voting in Pennsylvania. The panel also heard testimony about another proposal to allow Independent voters a chance to participate in Pennsylvania primaries, a proposal the committee chairman says might be a tougher sell. 

Other election reform proposals include measures to make it easier for those with disabilities to vote, such as curbside voting at polling places. Yet another proposal would do away with the straight party ticket voting option on ballots.