As of May, 27 states have passed laws offering online voter registration.Pennsylvania isn’t one of them, but Gov. Tom Wolf wants to change that and possibly recommend other election reforms, including allowing early voting, same day registration and no excuse absentee voting. Jeffrey Sheridan, the governor’s press secretary, said Wolf “is committed to implementing commonsense, secure election reforms” that encourage better participation. He noted that the state Senate previously authorized online registration by unanimous vote, but the measure did not come up for a vote by the House.
Sheridan pointed out that Pew Charitable Trusts has done an analysis showing that online registration implemented in other states has saved money.
Asked whether Wolf would be recommending other reforms, Sheridan said, “Our priority would be to have online voter registration.” Other possible reforms, he said, “are under review.”
The governor, he said, is deciding “how to move forward” with online registration.