PA State Department working to make more documents available online

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 17, 2013 7:07 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The Secretary of the Commonwealth says her department is working to make more public documents available online.

Carol Aichele says the technology exists to post files like campaign finance information, but it will likely take time.

She says the Department of State is already putting items like nominating petitions online

"We are doing petition filing across the street at the Keystone Building," Aichele explains. "We are scanning petitions the day they arrive. We are putting them up on the Internet. People are able to start looking at petitions then moment they're filed."

Aichele says she would like to see legislation to make online campaign finance filings mandatory.

She says it's "critically important" to make information available in real time.

Currently, all documents filed with the State Department are available in paper form.

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