ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
HB 1300 (PN 1869) is a nearly 150-page bill that contains numerous new election restrictions that range from requiring voter ID and signature match verification, to moving registration and request deadlines, to changing drop box requirements and mail-in ballot procedures. Although not an exhaustive list, some specific provisions in HB 1300 include:
- Requiring every voter to present ID at the polls every time they vote;
- Requiring signature verification for mail ballots, in addition to requiring voters to provide two separate forms of identification with their requests for a mail ballot;
- Moving the deadline to register to vote from 15 to at least 30 days before Election Day, giving new voters less time to register;
- Moving the deadline to request mail ballots from 7 to at least 15 days before Election Day, giving voters less time to request a mail-in or absentee ballot;
- Eliminating the permanent mail voting list; and
- Limiting the use of ballot return drop boxes to just 7 days before Election Day and requiring drop boxes be staffed by two inspectors to check the identification of voters returning their ballots. If one or both inspectors are not physically present at the drop box location, the box will be locked and rendered unusable for ballot returns.
As an active member of the Keystone Votes coalition, the ACLU-PA is aligned with the coalition's opposition to HB 1300.
Governor Wolf vetoed HB 1300 on June 30, 2021.