One is denying voters mail-in drop boxes, the other will have a drop box at its courthouse
HARRISBURG - Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) issued the following statement in response to non-uniform election policies across Pennsylvania’s counties.
“The negative impacts of Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of House Bill 1300, which would have modernized and improved our elections, continue to come to light.
“The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Westmorland County, like many counties across the state, will provide voters with drop box locations. Neighboring Allegheny County will not offer voters a drop-box this coming election, or in 2022 when Pennsylvanians will elect a new governor.
“These two policies couldn't be further apart. This is just one instance of how election policies vary from county to county. This wouldn’t be an issue had Wolf not vetoed House Bill 1300. The legislation would have brought uniformity to the Wild West of drop-box polices by requiring boxes be in secure, fixed locations and open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting 14 days prior to an election. It also would have allowed for bipartisan monitoring to improve oversight.
“For this year at least, Pennsylvania’s elections will continue to be a hodgepodge of local polices that will be different in each county.
“It’s time for the governor, and all Democrats in the House and Senate, to work with Republicans so we can meaningfully improve our election system. Pennsylvanians deserve to have a government that works for them.”
Grove has reintroduced the Voting Rights Protection Act as House Bill 1800
to modernize and improve elections in the Commonwealth. It is in the House for consideration.
Representative Seth Grove
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact: Greg Gross