HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Governor Tom Wolf announced a plan for voter reform in Pennsylvania. He says improve elections in Pennsylvania. But some Republicans say… It’s all just political grandstanding. Matt Heckel reports.
The “21st Century Voting Reform Plan” introduced by the Governor on Monday is a series of bills he’s pushing the legislature to pass. They include eliminating political gerrymandering by establishing an independent, bipartisan commission to create electoral maps.
: “The practice of partisan gerrymandering has been curtailed here in Pennsylvania. It’s beyond time we end this practice once and for all.”
Other bills would allow voters to use an absentee ballot if it’s more convenient for them… and place limits on contributions to candidates and restrictions on political action committees. The Governor’s plan also creates same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration… when residents get a driver’s license.
: “The idea of opening up the ballot, and opening up access, is extremely important.” Said Senator Hughes
Supporters of the plan say these reforms would drastically increase the number of voters in Pennsylvania’s elections and should receive bipartisan support.
“This really is not, should not be a partisan issue.” Added Governor Wolf.
“It’s interesting to us, because this appears to be nothing more than a campaign stunt.” Said Senate Republican Spokeswoman Jennifer Kocher. Kocher says while Democrats gather in front of TV cameras… GOP lawmakers are working taking a long term look at elections in PA.
“It’s a posturing that we’ve seen before. And we just kind of shrug our shoulders at, because we know where we stand, and we’re taking the action on the issues, rather than just standing around talking about them.” Added Kocher.
The governor did say some of the bills he’s pushing for have Republican co-sponsors.