Widespread polling place closures and changes. Confusing voting and registration rules. New election machines and equipment without a plan to make sure voters and poll workers know how to use them.
Pennsylvania has long run its elections stuck in the last century with policies that silence voters. Up until late 2019 when the legislature passed sweeping election reforms, nearly every Pennsylvania voter cast a ballot on one day – Election Day. While some states try to make voting easier and more accessible, Pennsylvania lacked such commonsense reforms as early voting, voting by mail, and technology that helps poll workers lookup voters quickly to eliminate long lines at the polls. As Pennsylvania is on the brink of change, our team is on the ground fighting to ensure reforms are achieved so they are fair and accessible to all voters.
All Voting is Local tackles tough obstacles before they disenfranchise voters on Election Day. Here’s how:
- As Pennsylvania works to carry out voting reforms while rolling out new voting equipment commonwealth-wide in 2020, our team is fighting to ensure that polling places are staffed with trained poll workers and solid back-up plans in case of technology problems.
- We’re fighting last-minute polling place changes and advocating for elections officials to do more to ensure voters have the information they deserve to cast a ballot that counts.
- We’re ensuring that people in jail can register and vote, as is required by law.
News from Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Voters Will Not Be Silenced
PHILADELPHIA - All Voting is Local Pennsylvania State Director Scott Seeborg issued the following statement in response to a lawsuit filed yesterday by the Trump campaign and others, which seeks to curtail Pennsylvanians’ ability to vote by mail in the November election:
Voting Rights Leaders: Pennsylvania Officials Must Prepare Now for the November Election
PHILADELPHIA --Voting rights leaders urged Pennsylvania officials to carry out a series of election reforms now for the November election to avoid repeating the problems that occurred in Tuesday's primary.
All Voting is Local Statement on Pennsylvania’s Primary Obstacles
All Voting is Local State Director Scott Seeborg issued the following statement in response to Pennsylvania’s primary election, where voters in Black and Brown communities needlessly faced long lines and confusion at the polls because of last minute polling place closures, voting machines that didn’t work, a lack of ballot drop boxes, and a militarized police presence at or near some locations in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties: