Pennsylvania Republicans to Introduce New Election Overhaul Bill After Governor’s Veto

Pennsylvania state House Republicans will make another attempt at passing a voting overhaul bill after Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf signaled he would support a measure that includes voter identification provisions.

House State Government Committee Chairman Seth Grove on Wednesday told other lawmakers in a memo that he’ll reintroduce a bill that Wolf vetoed last month. Other than proposing new voter identification requirements, the bill would move up the voter registration deadline, limit drop-box usage, and would allow for the precanvassing of mail-in ballots.

Grove, in the memo, noted that Wolf recently told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he isn’t opposed to voter identification requirements—namely for mail-in voting.

“While this revelation would have been more welcomed a month ago as the General Assembly was moving HB 1300 of 2021 through the legislative process, it is a productive development,” Grove said, referring to the governor’s interview. “The Pennsylvania Voting Rights Protection Act is solely predicated on the House State Government Committee’s extensive election oversight hearings, the most extensive election oversight work in the entire country,” the York Republican added.

Current law only requires voters in Pennsylvania to show identification when they vote for the first time, whereas the new bill proposes mandatory voter identification for every election. And, according to Grove’s statement, the bill will also include $3.1 million in state funding to create and manage a Bureau of Election Audits.

State Senate President Jake Corman, a Republican, told WHYY that he’s encouraged by Wolf’s recent comments about negotiating and said voter identification laws are supported by “a strong majority of Pennsylvanians.”

Although Wolf signaled he’s open to discussions, other Democrats pushed back against Grove’s latest proposal.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, a

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