House sends Governor legislative fix to address York County election issues

HARRISBURG – Legislation that contained an amendment authored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) to address problems York County voters faced during the November 5 election is on its way to Governor Wolf’s desk for his signature.

Phillips-Hill offered an amendment during the Senate vote on the matter earlier this week that would remove all references of ballot stubs from the state’s election law. The ballot stubs were previously used before the state switched to touchscreen voting machines. The stubs no longer serve a purpose; however, the stubs created perforated edges, which caused scanners to jam on Election Day in York County.

The bill will also require the Pennsylvania Department of State to work with counties to ensure voters can submit their ballots into the automated tabulating machines, or scanners, in private.

“This is the first of several steps we are taking to address the challenges many York County voters faced during the election earlier this month,” Phillips-Hill said. “I am grateful we could turn this around in short order to ensure these much-needed changes are in place in time for when York Countians head to the polls in 2020.”

If signed into law by the governor, the changes will take effect immediately.

You can listen to Senator Phillips-Hill’s comments on the amendment here.

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