ACLU-PA Position: Supports
Senate Bill 421 (PN 1330) was signed by Governor Wolf on October 31, 2019 as Act 77 of 2019. It creates sweeping reforms to Pennsylvania's election law that will expand access to the ballot by:
- Changing the deadline to submit absentee ballots from 5 p.m. the Friday before the election - which is the earliest deadline in the country - to 8 p.m. on Election Day
- Creating a vote-by-mail option that will allow anyone to vote by mail without giving a reason for doing so. Currently, Pennsylvanians can only vote absentee for a limited number of reasons, which they attest to under penalty of law.
- Shrinking the voter registration deadline from 30 days before an election to 15 days before an election.