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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Releases

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