House Passes Poll-Watcher Bill in Response to Cheating Allegations
Under the new bill, poll-watchers would be able to cover polls across county lines. Under current law, poll-watchers can only cover polls in the county they are registered in.
“Each election season brings new reports and criminal investigations and prosecutions across the country of alleged instances of illegal voting. By passing this piece of legislation and making sure a good supply of poll watchers are available, our state becomes an example of how to ensure a fair election process,” state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Allegheny), who introduced the bill, said.
The bill is a resurgence of the Republican push from 2016 to allow watchers to cross county lines. The push came after then candidate Trump called for his supporters to watch the polls in Philadelphia for cheating.
Opponents of the bill argue that the change would create problems with people looking to cause problems at the polls being able to go across county lines.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where its future is uncertain. Governor Tom Wolf has said he will veto the bill if it makes it to his desk.