State Rep. Scott Conklin



Conklin to introduce advance voting legislation


HARRISBURG, Dec. 12 Centre County state Rep. Scott Conklin announced today that he plans to introduce legislation that would allow Pennsylvania voters to cast ballots in advance of Election Day.


"As demonstrated during the recent election, advance voting has grown in nationwide popularity and value," Conklin said. "Unfortunately, in Pennsylvania, while absentee ballots are permitted under a limited set of circumstances, advance voting is not an option."


Conklin said advance voting presents many benefits to voters, including reducing lines on Election Day and reducing the impact of variables such as the weather or work schedules on voter participation. 


"While vigilantly guarding the integrity of our elections, we should encourage more eligible voters to cast their votes, and make voting more convenient for those whose schedules or circumstances present a challenge to getting to the polls on Election Day," Conklin said.


Under Conklin's plan, eligible voters would be able to vote in person at their county board of elections, or in such other locations as the board might approve, beginning 10 days prior to Election Day. 


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