Pennsylvania GOP leaders introduced an overhaul of the state electoral system on Thursday that would enforce stricter voter ID requirements and require mail-in ballot signature verification.
State Rep. Seth Grove introduced the Voting Rights Protection Act, called House Bill 1300, following months of deliberation and similar actions by other conservative-led states.
Gov. Tom Wolfe tweeted, “The same lies that led to the assault on the U.S. Capitol are fueling efforts to silence voters across the nation. I will not let this happen in Pennsylvania.”
The same lies that led to the assault on the U.S. Capitol are fueling efforts to silence voters across the nation.
I will not let this happen in Pennsylvania.
Your vote is your constitutional right, and I will do everything to protect the freedom to vote in Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/OjGSb0tBwa
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 10, 2021
Though similar actions have been introduced or passed in other states, Pennsylvania’s approach appears to include elements of both Republican and Democrats in the state. The bipartisan efforts hope to avoid some of the racial accusations made against measures such as the voting rights bill in Georgia.
The most important changes focus on the requirement of photo identification at polls on election day and a new Bureau of Election Audits.
The Epoch Times reported the proposed legislation includes, “Establishing a Bureau of Election Audits under the state Auditor General’s office. The newly-established bureau will have subpoena power and will regularly conduct election audits.”
Pennsylvania was one of the most controversial battleground states in the 2020 election. The new legislation hopes to put these controversies to rest as the state seeks to improve voter integrity.