County commissioners push for changes in voting process

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LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is pushing for some changes in the voting process that could make counting votes easier for local governments.

On Tuesday, the CCAP released a statement expressing their concerns with the voting process. Now they’re pushing for a bill that would expand pre-canvassing and extend the deadlines for mail-in ballots.

“We are in a position where we have to crush and everybody wants results the night of, right? So we recognize that, we want that to happen but if this system doesn’t change. I think the expectation has to change,” said Kevin Boozel, president of CCAP.

Right now, Pennsylvania mail-in ballots can only be counted beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Election Day. Boozel says CCAP wants up to 21 days for canvassing and a +15 day extension for mail-in ballots.

“It gives the voter more opportunity to say we can get this in the mail, feel secure about getting in the mail without worrying whether or not it makes it in time.”

In Lackawanna County, the chief of staff, Brian Jeffers says they’re in favor of the bill because it would make counting ballots easier and more efficient.

“This would also help us avoid bringing all those people in and getting the ballots counted in a way prior to the election.”

Jeffers says they’re hoping the state legislators vote in favor of Act 77 before the elections in November.

Lackawanna County commissioners tells us that CCAP must have their written submissions from local governments by Friday, June 4.

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