Advocates say Pennsylvania needs to update its voting laws

Written by The Associated Press | Nov 17, 2015 2:40 PM

(Harrisburg) -- A new voting-reform coalition is urging Pennsylvania lawmakers to look to other states for examples of laws that make it easier for residents to participate in elections.

Organizers of Keystone Votes said Tuesday they want to update Pennsylvania's laws to remove obstacles to casting a ballot and to take advantage of modern technology.

The coalition includes the League of Women Voters, Common Cause Pennsylvania and the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania.

Its priorities include allowing citizens to mail in their ballots without absentee-ballot rules that require voters to explain why they can't go to the polls. Another proposal would allow voters to cast ballots in person before an election to accommodate conflicting work schedules and other factors.

The group's leaders say those proposals are already law in many states.

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