Governor Wolf Announces 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for Pennsylvania

first_imgCampaign Finance Reform: Place limits on contributions to candidates seeking elected office with new campaign finance laws as well as implement aggregate limits for races, place sensible restrictions on Political Action Committees (PACs), and strengthen reporting and disclosure requirements across the board to restore confidence in government, and curtail the role of campaign spending in our political process. Example Legislation includes Senate Bill 11 (Costa) and House Bill 1332 (Dermody).Gerrymandering Reform: Eliminate partisan politics from the legislative redistricting process by enacting legislation to end gerrymandering by establishing an independent, bi-partisan commission to create future electoral maps. Example legislation includes Senate Bill 22 (Boscola) and House Bill 722 (Samuelson).Governor Wolf has long advocated for this change. Upon coming into office, Governor Wolf launched online voter registration and now more than a million Pennsylvanians have used it. Governor Wolf’s administration also launched a voter information texting initiative and a program to get high school seniors to register to vote. But Pennsylvania, especially the General Assembly, must do more. Governor Wolf Announces 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for Pennsylvania Government Reform,  Government That Works,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Voting & Elections Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today will introduce his 21st century voting reform plan that includes same day and automatic voter registration, modernizing absentee voting, ending gerrymandering, and enacting campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of special interests in Harrisburg.For decades, Pennsylvania has been on the wrong side of voting rights reform. The commonwealth has fallen victim to outdated and unfair policies that make voting too difficult, make special interests too powerful, and make politicians less accountable.“To rebuild trust in Harrisburg, we must have fair and accessible elections for all citizens from our rural communities to our big cities,” said Governor Wolf. “These reforms have been championed by House and Senate Democrats to modernize our voting laws and put the people of Pennsylvania back in control of our elections. It’s time to remove barriers to voting, end gerrymandering, and curb special interests.”Governor Wolf’s 21st century voting reform plan includes:Voting Rights Reform: We must break down barriers to voter participation by making it easier for citizens to vote. Governor Wolf is proposing:Same Day Voter Registration: Eligible Pennsylvanians should be able to register to vote on election day at their polling place. Same Day Registration would help thousands of people have their voices heard, especially young people, working people, and others with limitations. Example legislation includes Senate Bill 282 (Boscola), House Bill 101 (Bizzarro), and House Bill 945 (DeLuca).Automatic Voter Registration: Eligible Pennsylvanians who get a license from PennDOT or register for a public service would be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out. Example legislation includes Senate Bill 608 (Hughes) and House Bill 193 (Gainey).Modernizing Absentee Ballots: Governor Wolf believes the current absentee ballot system is archaic and out of touch with the lives of modern voters. He supports “no-excuse” absentee ballots, where citizens can use an absentee ballot if it is most convenient for them to do so. Pennsylvania lags behind 27 other states on this issue. March 26, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

This blue family home at Parkinson is a standout

first_img125 Wallum Drive, Parkinson“We (were offered) input into what colours to put in the house and on the outside.“I just wanted it to stand out in the street.”The couple have lived in the modern five-bedroom property for the past 14 years with their two daughters.Mr Smith said the house’s open-plan design had attracted them.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonHe liked that the combined kitchen and family room were at the heart of the home, which made it easy to spend time together and entertain guests.However, he also liked that it was spacious enough for everyone to spread out. 125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonHe said the best part about living there was that it was close to public transport, with a bus route serving the street, as well as schools and a new public swimming pool.They have added airconditioning but Mr Smith said the home had not needed any other renovations. 125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonThe fifth bedroom could double as a study.There is also a separate lounge room, an al fresco dining area and a rumpus room that flows into the kitchen and family area.Mr Smith said the rumpus room was his favourite part of the house. “I liked sitting in there and watching sport,” Mr Smith said. 125 Wallum Drive, Parkinson“The kids could be in one section and Cathy and I could be in another and you don’t know they are there,” Mr Smith said.The master bedroom has an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe, while three of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. 125 Wallum Drive, ParkinsonThis family home is a standout property on its street — and not just because of its sleek features.Owners Peter and Catherine Smith had the house at 125 Wallum Drive, Parkinson, painted blue so it would catch people’s eyes.“When we bought the house, it was four weeks (from) being finished,” Mr Smith said.last_img read more