A group of legislative Democrats are pushing no fewer than twelve bills on voter registration in the House and Senate. They would model expanded voting and voter registration in Pennsylvania after reforms already done in other states. However, Democrats haven’t even been able to get the measures past the first stage of consideration in the GOP-controlled chambers–the House and Senate State Government Committees.
One of the proposed measures would allow workers a few paid hours off to vote–something already done in 23 states. Another would allow early voting. That’s law in 37 states. Yet another would institute automatic voter registration. Eight–and soon to be nine–states do that.
Allegheny County Representative Tony DeLuca said he thinks these and similar bills would have a good shot at passing full chambers. But all session–and in some cases, for several sessions–they’ve been sitting untouched in those committees.