Dermody applauds Gov. Wolf’s focus on election security in PA

HARRISBURG, July 9 -- PA House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland, released the following statement today in response to the announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf that the state will fund up to $90 million to reimburse counties for a portion of their costs of replacing voting systems and improving the security of elections in the state: 

“I applaud Governor Wolf on this step to help counties ensure the accuracy and security of our elections here in Pennsylvania. Protecting everyone’s vote is a commitment Governor Wolf, the legislature and our state’s 67 counties have made together, and we need to make sure that effort continues and is not interrupted.

“Everyone’s vote must count in our democracy; that depends on our election systems and results being reliable and verifiable. The funding being made available by the governor through PEDFA will help counties complete their voting machine upgrades in a timely manner – ensuring the security of our elections while saving local taxpayers money.

“Pennsylvania has made election security a priority. In the legislature, we need to couple that with efforts to make voting more accessible and convenient for all voters, no matter where they live or how they vote. For now, safeguarding election security and giving voters peace of mind that their vote counts and their voice is being heard must be our priority.”