Voting rights advocate says Pa. clings to backward electoral laws

He says the commonwealth could make the process more convenient.

Paul Kurtz
October 19, 2018 - 7:55 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia attorney who has taken over as chair of a national voting rights advocacy group is focusing on Pennsylvania and other states that cling to what he says are outdated and restrictive voting laws. 
 
Early voting is catching on in many states. But if you live in Pennsylvania, you're out of luck, says Fair Elections Center Board Chair David Fineman. 

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states that don't allow early voting. 

"There's a fair amount of states that allow for voting up to a month before it's time to vote," Fineman said. 

He says Pennsylvania also refuses to follow the lead of other states that have made voting more convenient. 
 
"In Nevada it's shopping centers. You can go vote. It's something that's foreign to our way of thinking," he said.
 
So is same-day voter registration, the ability to register to vote on Election Day right at the polling place. In Pennsylvania the deadline remains 30 days before Election Day. 

"Pennsylvania is really very behind in its ability to allow people the most essential right that we all have, which is the right to vote."

Fineman's group hopes to help change all that.