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Election Access & Reform

The integrity of our entire system of government depends on the integrity of our elections. The process for electing our public officials has to be fair, accessible and dependable. No matter where you live or what party you’re registered with, you should have unbridled access to the ballot box.

Secure voting rights.

Secure voting rights for all by cracking down on voter intimidation and onerous Voter ID laws.

Make it easier to register to vote.

Make it easier to register to vote. Online registration was a huge step forward, and we can make it even more accessible by allowing same-day registration.

Proposed Legislation:
Automatic Voter Registration →
Same Day Registration →
Lowering the Voting Age →

Allow people to vote absentee without an excuse.

Allow people to vote absentee without an excuse. The list of acceptable “excuses” for voting absentee is too restrictive and discourages people from taking advantage of this legal way to vote.

Proposed Legislation:
Early and Absentee Voting →
Early Voting →

Campaign finance reform.

Campaign finance reform. The Citizen’s United decision from the federal Supreme Court was an abomination that has allowed corporations to have more of a voice in our democracy than its people. Reforms to campaign finance in our state are necessary to make people matter more than campaign contributions in an election.

Redistricting reform.

Redistricting reform. Government works for the people when it’s representative of those people. Gerrymandered districts do not allow for that representation, and we have to change our process of drawing our maps.

View the latest on redistricting →

View more information on SB22 →

Our Members at Work

Senate Democrats to Take Legal Action Against Overreaching Republican Subpoena and Corrupt Election Investigation

Senate Democrats to Take Legal Action Against Overreaching Republican Subpoena and Corrupt Election Investigation

Harrisburg – September 15, 2021 – Following today’s Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee hearing, of which had one agenda item- Consideration of a motion to authorize the issuance of subpoenas- Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Democratic Chair of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, Anthony H. Williams, and committee members Vincent J. Hughes and Steve Santarsiero held a press conference to discuss legal action they will take to challenge Republican members’ call for confidential data from the Department of State, including a complete list containing the names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, and last four digits of social security numbers of all registered voters within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as of May 1, 2021.

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Senator Collett Reacts to Legislative Attack on Voting Rights

Senator Collett Reacts to Legislative Attack on Voting Rights

Harrisburg, Pa. – June 25, 2021 – Senator Maria Collett (D-12 Montgomery/Bucks, Democratic Caucus Secretary) voted ‘No’ today on House Bill 1300, an ill-conceived and poorly drafted bill that would inject new, expensive, untested technologies into our election...

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Fontana Bill Would Make Pennsylvania a Mail-in Ballot State

Fontana Bill Would Make Pennsylvania a Mail-in Ballot State

Pittsburgh, December 4, 2020 – Sen. Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny) today said he will reintroduce a bill that would change Pennsylvania’s voting system so that elections are conducted entirely by mail. “With the pandemic menacing the 2020 elections, I was pleased to see...

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