HARRISBURG – Working to ensure the state’s elections run smoothly, the House has unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) that would ensure voting precincts across the Commonwealth have enough ballots to accommodate in-person voters.
“In last spring’s primary election, voting precincts in several areas of the state, including Fayette and Westmoreland counties which I represent, actually ran out of ballots for people who showed up to vote in person,” Warner said. “That is simply unacceptable, and my bill is designed to ensure this never happens again.”
House Bill 1614
would require enough ballots to be printed and supplied to each precinct for 50% of all registered voters in that precinct in each party for a primary election, and 100% of all registered voters in that precinct for a general election. Each of these numbers could be reduced by the number of registered voters in an election district that have requested an absentee or mail-in ballot.
The measure now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
Representative Ryan Warner
52nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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