A handful of groups are getting together to push for changes to the state’s voting laws. The organizations – like Common Cause Pennsylvania, the League of Women Voters, and the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group – say they’re asking for modest changes. They want to create a pre-registration system for teenagers to get on the voting rolls before they turn 18, and allow same-day registration for everyone. Another suggestion is for Pennsylvania to start in-person voting before Election Day — something that 33 states already allow.
“Just allowing people to go somewhere in person and vote early. We know that nurses, in particular, and doctors have a really hard time making it to the polls if they are scheduled for a seven to seven shift,” says Stephanie Monahon, director of PennPIRG.
Monahon and others say unlike other political fights in the state, this doesn’t follow partisan lines.
Experts say an older generation is instead feuding with younger people who say the changes make sense.