Legislation that seeks to boost voter turnout by making exercising this constitutional right more convenient in Pennsylvania is being pushed by two Democratic House members and several organizations. Same-day Voter Registration Could Increase Voter Participation, Supporters Say Lawmakers and others are calling for the passage of legislation that would allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day and vote by provisional ballot. Their ballot t would only be counted after the Department of State approved their voter registration application. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, and lists 28 Democrats as its co-sponsors, would allow voters to register to vote at their county courthouse or polling place on the day of the election.
The bill then allows those same-day registrants to cast a provisional ballot that would not be counted until the Department of State approves the voter registration application. It is sitting in the House State Government Committee awaiting action.
Currently, citizens must have their voter registration applications submitted 30 days prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote.
“Skeptics of this process say they are worried about voter fraud but there hasn’t been one single case of documented voter fraud due to same-day registration,” Bizzarro said at a Capitol news conference on Monday.