Gregory Announces Intentions To Introduce Bill To Repeal Mail-in Voting
A Blair County Republican is calling for no-excuse mail-in voting to end in Pennsylvania.
State Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) sent out a press release on Tuesday announcing his intentions to introduce legislation to repeal the expansion of mail-in voting in the state that was passed under Act 77.
According to the press release, Gregory claimed that his office has been “flooded” with complaints from constituents about mail-in ballots and cited voting “irregularities” for his push to repeal mail-in voting.
“Additionally, in November, we witnessed an extreme amount of irregularities regarding mail-in ballots,” Gregory said. “The irregularities that existed from one county to another made this election incredibly confusing for voters and candidates.”
Gregory’s memo said the legislation would undo the no-excuse mail-in voting in the state and return to voters needing to provide a reason like disability, unexpected illness or last-minute absence to obtain an absentee ballot.
Gregory voted for Act 77 in October 2019 which made these changes to mail-in voting.
He acknowledged his vote in favor of it in the release, but pinned the blame on the “activist court” and secretary of state for additional changes to mail-in voting leading up to the election.
According to PennLive, state Rep. Kevin Boyle (D-Philadelphia), the ranking Democrat on the House State Government Committee, described Gregory’s effort to repeal the no excuse mail-in voting as “nakedly partisan.”
Voter turnout reached new highs in the commonwealth in the 2020 presidential election.
According to a release from the Pennsylvania Department of State in mid-November, Sec. of State Kathy Boockvar announced that more than 6.9 million Pennsylvanians voted in the presidential election. More than 2.2 million voted by mail in this most recent presidential election. In the 2016 presidential election, 6.115 million Pennsylvanians voted.
70.93% of the Pennsylvania voting-age population also participated in the 2020 presidential election, which is also a new record high. The previous record in the Keystone State was in 1960 when 70.3% of the voting-age population participated in the presidential election.