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
All Voting is Local to Urge Philadelphians to be Vigilant About Changes to June Election
PHILADELPHIA - All Voting is Local Pennsylvania today announced a campaign to urge Philadelphia voters to return their mail in ballots by the June 2 primary election deadline and alert them to massive polling place changes throughout the city. This week of action includes a virtual town hall on Thursday where voting rights advocates and state officials will encourage voters to use the various options at their disposal to exercise their right to vote
14,000 Pennsylvanians Join All Voting is Local and Pennsylvania Voice to Learn About Voting Options During COVID-19
PHILADELPHIA - All Voting is Local and Pennsylvania Voice held a virtual town hall Thursday to discuss the voting by mail option and the consolidation of polling places ahead of Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary amid COVID-19 safety concerns. State officials and voting rights advocates, along with a language access specialist, reached more than 14,000 Pennsylvania voters with details about the rescheduled primary, information about recently announced polling place closures in Philadelphia, and resources for non-native English speakers.
All Voting is Local and Pennsylvania Voice to Host Pennsylvania Tele Town Hall to Address Concerns About Voting During COVID-19
PHILADELPHIA - At 7:30 p.m. ET on May 14, All Voting is Local and Pennsylvania Voice will hold a virtual town hall where state officials will encourage voting by mail during Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary election amid safety concerns around COVID-19. The event aims to educate Pennsylvanians on how to vote by mail, especially non-native English speakers; clarify confusion around the rescheduled primary; and address concerns voters have about voting in the era of COVID-19.