Schlossberg, Policy Committee discuss voting rights at public roundtable

ALLENTOWN, Feb. 26 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, today hosted a House Democratic Policy Committee roundtable discussion at the Dubbs Memorial Community Center on protecting voting rights in Pennsylvania. 

The roundtable focused on a new legislative package from the House Democrats titled Your Vote Counts. The package includes provisions that would allow for early voting, additional time for absentee ballots to be submitted, time off to vote, and mail-in ballots. Schlossberg has a bill in the package that would allow voters to submit an updated signature for the voting book.

Schlossberg was joined by state legislators from across the state, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

“We have an obligation to make the voting process accessible and free from undue hardships. Any efforts to obstruct democracy have to be dealt with. This package includes reasonable efforts to make voting more accessible in Pennsylvania,” Schlossberg said.

Sturla added: “Pennsylvania had record voter turnout in the 2018 midterm election; 58 percent of registered voters cast their ballot. While it’s great to know that a record number of voters showed up for the midterm elections; I’d love to see all registered voters have their voices heard at the polls. Your Vote Counts is a way to improve voter turnout and help more Pennsylvanians take part in democracy.”

Panelists who participated in the roundtable were Rev. Dr. Larry Pickens, ecumenical director, Lehigh Conference of Churches; Edward Hozza Jr., director of administration, Lehigh County; Mary Erdman, vice president, action, League of Women Voters of Lehigh County; and Barbara Redmond, secretary, Allentown NAACP.

The meeting was one in a series held across the state on the House Democrats’ Plan4PA, focused on putting people first, good jobs, affordable health care, quality schools and a fair economy. Additional information about the plan is available at www.plan4pa.com.

Testimony, photos and video from today’s hearing will be available at www.pahouse.com/policycommittee.