HARRISBURG – Rep. Russ Diamond (R-Lebanon) today announced that the House of Representatives unanimously approved voter roll integrity legislation he sponsored.
The measure, House Bill 143
, would address Pennsylvania’s inability to remove deceased individuals from voter rolls. Even though Pennsylvania has processes in place to address such issues, they are inefficient and not regularly adhered to. In law, the actual time elapsed between when a voter passes away until they are removed from the voter rolls can be up to three months.
In fact, the Pennsylvania Department of State recently settled a lawsuit which claimed there were 21,000 dead people listed on the rolls as active voters.
“Election integrity begins with the confidence that our voter rolls are accurate,” Diamond said. “A more efficient process of cleaning up our voter rolls will not only eliminate future lawsuits, but also further safeguard the integrity of our elections.”
Specifically, Diamond’s legislation will amend Section 1222 of Title 25 to mandate a monthly report of the names of deceased individuals to be removed from the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) system.
This legislation is modeled after a similar reporting procedure prescribed by Diamond, which was aimed at scrubbing the names of deceased Pennsylvanians from mailing lists used by the Department of Aging and the PACE program to solicit additional state benefits. House Bill 775 was unanimously passed by both the House and the Senate and was signed into law by the governor on April 17, 2020, as Act 14.
Representative Russ Diamond
102nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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