LOST AND LATE IN 2016: Why thousands of Pennsylvanians weren’t able to cast a ballot at their poll on Election Day.

Fourteen nonpartisan organizations ran a coordinated voter registration effort in 2016 that collected 24,996 applications. However, some of these applicants were not added to the voter rolls for weeks or even months after their applications had been submitted. Some were never registered at all.

Leaders from the organizations asked Keystone Votes—a coalition of 39 member organizations dedicated to modernizing elections—to conduct an analysis to determine what happened. Two key problems have been identified:

  • Voter registration applications processed too late

  • Voter registration applications potentially lost or unprocessed

At least 26,000 Pennsylvanians were potentially disenfranchised, despite having submitted a valid voter registration application on time. That number could increase if the Department of State or other agencies investigate further. More information in the full report, download here.


Funding Updates to Pennsylvania’s Election System
by Keystone Votes Coalition | August 13, 2018

Letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on the Need to Invest in Election Modernization and Security in FY 18-19 Budget
by Ray Murphy | June 1, 2018

Letter to the majority and minority chairs of Pennsylvania's state government committees in the House and Senate regarding proposed cuts to the 2017-18 Pennsylvania Department of State budget.
by the Keystone Votes coalition | May 23, 2017

Letter to political parties concerning voter intimidation to national political party leaders
Signed by Keystone Votes, and organized by Election Protection Coalition | August 31, 2016


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Everyone Has an Interest in Safe, Secure Elections
by Ray Murphy│August 13, 2018

Washington Observer-Reporter: Legislature needs to address voting systems
by Elizabeth Alex │August 13, 2018

Scranton Times-Tribune: Assure election security
by Ray Murphy │August 12, 2018

Reading Eagle: Audit but also act on election security in Pa
by Ray Murphy │June 21, 2018

PennLive: Scott Wagner is spectacularly wrong about immigrants and voting
by Elizabeth Alex │March 25, 2018

York Dispatch: Funding Needed to Update Equipment
by Elizabeth Alex │March 19, 2018

Philadelphia Inquirer: To ensure fair elections in Pa., keep voting technology up to date 
by Susan Carty & Ray Murphy │November 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Let’s make sure our elections are secure: Pennsylvania needs to modernize its voting system. Here’s how ... 
by Susan Carty and Ray Murphy │November 5, 2017

Scranton Times-Tribune: Secure elections
by Susan Carty and Ray Murphy │November 4, 2017

Allentown Morning Call: How Pa. can make voting systems better, more secure
by Susan Carty and Ray Murphy │November 3, 2017

York Dispatch: Voter participation, protection vital
By Elizabeth Alex and Sandra Thompson| November 7, 2016

York Dispatch: Rigged conspiracy theory bad for democracy
By Suzanne Almeida | November 1, 2016

TrustTheVote: Yet another report about voting fears & voting system integrity
By Gregory Miller| October 3, 2016

WHYY Philadelphia, Radio Times: Fact checking Trumps’ claims of cheating and voter fraud in Pa.
Guest: Jennifer Clarke, Public Interest Law Center | August 19, 2016

The Morning Call - Op-Ed: What Pa. can do to make it easier for people to vote
By Suzanne Almeida and Mike Roles | July 30, 2106

The Times Tribune - Op-Ed: OK same-day registration
By Editorial Board | February 8, 2016

Herald Standard - Op-Ed: Group praised
By Editorial Board | December 2, 2015

Erie Times - LTE:  State election reform needed
By Barry Kauffman | December 2, 2015

Bucks County Courier Times - LTE: Make it easier to be heard
By Sari Stevens| December 2, 2015

The Morning Call - Op-Ed: Reforming election process can improve voter turnout
By Rosemarie Clouston, Marissa Liebling and Archita Taylor | November 20, 2015

Patriot News - Op-Ed: Tired of ho-hum elections? Here's a few easy ways to boost voter turnout
By Susan Carty | November 20, 2015

Philadelphia Inquirer - Op-Ed: Modernize voting in Pa. with commonsense reforms
By Karen C. Buck and Jennifer R. Clarke | November 16, 2015

Patriot News - Op-Ed: Pennsylvania Joins the 21st Century
By Susan Carty | September 11, 2015

Philadelphia Inquirer – Op-Ed: PA Voters Enjoy Benefits of Online Voter Registration
By Rosemarie Clouston, Marissa Liebling and Archita Taylor | September 10, 2015

Delaware County Times - Guest Column: Online Voter Registration Will Boost Turnout at the Polls
By Sundrop Carter | September 10, 2015

Patriot-News – LTE: Pennsylvania moves into the 21st century with online voter registration
By Barry Kaufman | August 28, 2015

American Constitution Society - Blog: Online Voter Registration Makes Voting Easier in Pennsylvania
By Erin Casey | August 28, 2015

Press Releases

Incident Blocking Legally Registered Voters Demonstrates Need to Invest in Election Hardware, Software
October 3, 2018

As Senate Considers Election Reforms, Modernizing Elections & Updating Old Voting Machines Remain Priority
September 25, 2018

Keystone Votes Responds to Planned Audit of State's Voter Registration System
June 11, 2018

Groups Seek Funding in FY 2018-19 Budget for Election Modernization, Security, Technology Upgrades
June 7, 2018

New Voting Machines, Funding for Upgrades First Steps in Enhancing Election Security in Pa.
April 12, 2018

Election Reforms Ensure All Eligible Pennsylvanians Can Vote
March 26, 2018

State Needs to Fund Replacement of Outdated Voting Machines
February 21, 2018

Keystone Votes Urges Legislators to Secure Elections Now
December 12, 2017

Leading Advocacy Organizations Launch Keystone Votes Coalition, Campaign to Update PA’s Elections
November 17, 2015

Voting Rights Advocates Praise Wolf Administration’s Move to Offer Online Voter Registration
August 27, 2015

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