ACLU-PA Position: Opposes
The ACLU-PA certainly supports well-maintained voter rolls. And while HB 143 includes many new provisions that make it stronger than its predecessor last session, the ACLU-PA opposes HB 143 for the following reasons:
- Carve-out: As currently written, HB 143 would violate the National Voter Registration Act, which requires that all systematic programs used to remove ineligible voters from the voter rolls be completed 90 days before an election. Although the bill does include a prohibition on removing people 30 days before an election, without a 90-day carve out, the bill would violate the supremacy clause and would likely fail in federal court on a preemption claim.
- Other "verified data": The provision permitting the use of "any other source of verified data" is vague and could lead to inadvertent removal from the voter rolls. If, for example, a county relies on an obituary for its data, people with the same name but different birth dates could cause the active voter to be mistakenly removed.