Press Releases

Keystone Votes Issues Statement on S.B. 421
October 29, 2019

House Committee Approves Election Reform Package that Includes Provision for No-Excuse Absentee Ballots
October 22, 2019

Two-thirds of Pa. Voters Support No-excuse Absentee Voting, with nearly half using the option if available
October 18, 2019

Election Reform Roundtable Finds Consensus on Making No-Excuse Absentee Ballots a Priority
September 16, 2019

Keystone Votes Applauds Funding for Election Security
July 9, 2019

Keystone Votes Issues Statement on S.B. 48 Veto
July 5, 2019

Senate Committee Takes Steps to Make Voting More Convenient
June 18, 2019

Keystone Votes Keystone Votes Responds to Election Reform Hearing, Events at State Capitol
June 5, 2019

Keystone Votes Outlines Ways to Modernize Pa.’s Election System during Senate Testimony
April 30, 2019

Election Security Helps Drive Latest Push to Overhaul, Modernize Pa.’s Election System
March 26, 2019

Keystone Votes Responds to Senate Election Reform Package
January 29, 2019

Philadelphia Reviewing Voting Machine Options
January 11, 2019

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State Needs to Fund Replacement of Outdated Voting Machines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


Bucks County Courier Times: PA should allowing voting by mail by 2020
by Ray Murphy│September 9, 2019

Philadelphia Inquirer: New voting technology is good step for Pennsylvania, but voters need training
by Aerion Abney│August 30, 2019

Lebanon Daily News (submitted): Bipartisan Leadership Strengthening Democratic Process Through Election Reform Package
by Ray Murphy│May 31, 2019

The Legal Intelligencer: Modernizing Pa. Elections Starts With ‘No Excuse’ Absentee Ballots
by Gabe Labella│May 17, 2019

Philadelphia Inquirer: New voting security measures could disenfranchise voters with disabilities
by Imani Barbarin and Gabe Labella│April 7, 2019

Pennsylvania Capital-Star: It’s not enough to update voting machines. Pa. needs to update its election law, too
by Ray Murphy│March 31, 2019

Williamsport Sun-Gazette: Lycoming County part of election system talks
by Ray Murphy│March 10, 2019

Lock Haven Express: Funding necessary for modernized voting machines
by Ray Murphy│December 8, 2018

PennLive: This is how to ensure safe and modern elections in Pa.
by Ray Murphy│November 21, 2018

Allentown Morning Call: Pa. must switch to voting machines that are secure, modern
by Ray Murphy│November 19, 2018

Beaver County Times: Legislature needs to act on new voting machines
by Ray Murphy│November 14, 2018

Lancaster Online: State must boost election security
by Melissa Farr│October 25, 2018

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

In the News

As election reform heats up, new poll says Pa. overwhelmingly backs ‘no-excuse’ absentee voting
Pennsylvania Capital-Star | October 23, 2019

Bill modernizing Pa. elections would add no-excuse absentee ballots to voting options
Harrisburg Patriot-News | October 22, 2019

Pennsylvania lawmakers mull no-excuse absentee voting as possible answer for low turnouts
The Center Square | September 17, 2019

Lawmakers set election reform agenda: five takeaways
PA Post | September 17, 2019

There’s bipartisan agreement Pa.’s absentee law is broken. Will the Legislature act?
Pennsylvania Capital-Star | September 16, 2019

The Interview: He’s rocking the vote
The Caucus | July 30, 2019

Op-Ed: Election reform remains mostly talk, little action at Pennsylvania Capitol
The Center Square | July 20, 2019

Wolf borrows $90 million against economic development dollars to fund voting machines
Pennsylvania Capital-Star | July 9, 2019

Despite GOP Objections, Wolf Moves to Upgrade Voting Machines Unilaterally
WITF | July 9, 2019

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill that tied voting machine funding to end of straight-ticket ballots
Pennsylvania Capital-Star | July 5, 2019

Wolf veto costs counties state funding for voting machines
CNHI News Service | July 5, 2019

Gov. Wolf vetoes bill to help counties pay for required upgrade of voting machines
Harrisburg Patriot-News | July 5, 2019

Bill to move open primary elections represents a ‘promising day for the independent voters across Pa.’
Harrisburg Patriot-News | June 18, 2019

Voting reform proposals swirling at state Capitol
CNHI News Service | June 4, 2019

Pa. lawmakers look to change laws to spur voter participation; 'It is time for voting reform’
Harrisburg Patriot-News | June 4, 2019

Help available for voters who encounter problems at polls
CNHI News Service | October 31, 2018

Supreme Court’s voter roll decision may have limited impact
Associated Press | June 12, 2018

State Wants Voting Machines With Paper Trail Before 2020 Election
CNHI News Service | April 13, 2018

Pa. Says Counties Must Have New Voting Machines - With Paper Trails - For Next Presidential Election
Harrisburg Patriot-News | April 13, 2018

Counties Have Until End Of 2019 To Procure New Voting Machines
City & State| April 13, 2018

VIDEO: Pennsylvania Department of State addresses illegal voting
WMPT-TV 43 (FOX) │November 7, 2017

WIFT's Smart Talk: Are voting reforms needed in PA?
By Scott LaMar | November 23, 2015

Herald Mail Media: Coalition launches Pa. election update campaign
November 19, 2015

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Coalition pushes for voting reforms to get more to the polls in Pennsylvania
November 17, 2015

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: PA good government groups push voting access laws
November 17, 2015

AP: Pennsylvania needs to update its voting laws, advocates say
November 17, 2015

WITF’s Smart Talk: Online voter registration in PA; PA climate change assessment report
August 28, 2015

Associated Press: How Pennsylvania’s New Online Voter Registration System Works
August 27, 2015

WITF: PA Launches Online Voter Registration
August 27, 2015

Beaver County Times: Pennsylvania Online Voter Registration Here as Oct. 5 Deadline Looms
August 27, 2015


Testimony: Senate State Government Committee: Modernizing Pennsylvania’s Election Laws
by Ray Murphy | April 30, 2019

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 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


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 41 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.