Since he took office, Governor Wolf has worked tirelessly to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to fair and equal elections. On Monday, he continued that commitment by introducing his 21st century voting reform plan.
These proposed reforms are a continuation of the progress Governor Wolf has already made. When he entered office, he launched online voter registration which has been used by more than a million Pennsylvanians, a voter information texting initiative, and a program to get more high school seniors registered to vote. But there is still more progress to be made, and Governor Wolf is dedicated to making that change happen.
As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported:
“A week after two courts decided not to intervene in a challenge to Pennsylvania’s redrawn congressional district boundaries, Gov. Wolf on Monday renewed his call for legislators to create an independent commission to draw the state’s electoral maps.”
Gerrymandering reform is just one of the many badly needed reforms proposed by the governor. He also called for voting rights reform including same day registration, automatic voter registration, and modernizing absentee ballots, as well as campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special interests in elections.
Governor Wolf recognizes that Pennsylvanians have been victims of outdated and unfair voting policies for too long. “To rebuild trust in Harrisburg, we must have fair and accessible elections for all citizens from our rural communities to our big cities,” he said. “These reforms have been championed by House and Senate Democrats to modernize our voting laws and put the people of Pennsylvania back in control of our elections. It’s time to remove barriers to voting, end gerrymandering, and curb special interests.”