Snyder’s bill would provide early voting options in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Feb. 6 – In an effort to make it easier for Pennsylvanians to have their voices heard at the ballot box, state Rep. Pam Snyder has introduced legislation to provide an early voting period and allow for absentee voting without requiring an excuse.

“My bill would help voters who may have a difficult time getting to the polls, including workers like nurses and coal miners, who often work long hours,” said Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington. “In addition, it would significantly increase overall voter turnout across Pennsylvania.”

In the 2018 general election, Snyder said, states offering early voting experienced record levels of those casting early ballots. While Pennsylvania also had a significant voter increase compared to 2014, 25 other states surpassed Pennsylvania in terms of voter turnout. By Election Day, over 5 million people in other states had voted before polls opened.

Snyder’s legislation, part of the House Democrats’ Your Vote Counts package, would end the 19th century practice of having Election Day only on a single Tuesday, instead allowing people to vote up to a month in advance at designated locations.

Forty other states already offer this option, said Snyder, noting her bill would curb long lines at voting precincts, and reduce stress on poll workers and reliance on obsolete voting machines.

House Bill 43 is currently before the House State Government Committee for consideration.