Schlossberg votes to approve election reform bill

HARRISBURG, OCT. 29 – State Rep. Mike Schlossberg, D-Lehigh, voted to approve S.B. 421, legislation that makes sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s election laws, pays for voting machines that produce a paper trail, and commits critical resources to bolster Pennsylvania’s census efforts heading into 2020.

“I am glad Pennsylvania’s election laws are starting to come into the 21st century,” Schlossberg said. “The changes in this bill will make registering to vote easier, make voting by absentee ballot easier and even allow voters to vote by mail. It’s about time!” 

In 2018, Gov. Tom Wolf announced all voting machines in Pennsylvania must produce voter-verified paper trails for the 2020 election. As a result, counties across Pennsylvania have begun the process of replacing those machines.

“This legislation will help pay for voting equipment to create a paper trail for votes cast in Pennsylvania and offset the costs for Allentown and South Whitehall taxpayers,” Schlossberg commented. He also noted Lehigh County’s leadership on this front. “Election security is a real challenge in a world where cyber security is in doubt. We need to make sure every vote is counted and counted correctly.”

Senate Bill 421 also includes $4 million to ensure a complete count in Pennsylvania for the 2020 Census. With $675 billion in federal funding distributed to communities to pay for transportation improvements, public transportation, education, health care, housing, social services and more, Schlossberg called this commitment important for the 132nd Legislative District.

“It is critical that every resident of Pennsylvania is counted in the 2020 Census to ensure representation and adequate support from the federal government for health, education and public safety,” Schlossberg said. “I look forward to continuing to work with community organizations and census officials in Allentown to make that happen.”