Voting & Election Protection

The integrity of our entire system of government depends on the integrity of our elections. The process for electing our public officials has to be fair, accessible and dependable. No matter where you live or what party you’re registered with, you should have unbridled access to the ballot box.

We should:

Secure voting rights.

Secure voting rights for all by cracking down on voter intimidation and onerous Voter ID laws.

Make it easier to register to vote.

Online registration was a huge step forward, and we can make it even more accessible by allowing same-day registration.

Proposed Legislation:
Automatic Voter Registration →
Same Day Registration →
Lowering the Voting Age →

Allow people to vote absentee without an excuse.

The list of acceptable “excuses” for voting absentee is too restrictive and discourages people from taking advantage of this legal way to vote.

Proposed Legislation:
Early and Absentee Voting →
Early Voting →

Campaign finance reform.

The Citizen’s United decision from the federal Supreme Court was an abomination that has allowed corporations to have more of a voice in our democracy than its people. Reforms to campaign finance in our state are necessary to make people matter more than campaign contributions in an election.

Redistricting reform.

Government works for the people when it’s representative of those people. Gerrymandered districts do not allow for that representation, and we have to change our process of drawing our maps.

View the latest on redistricting →

View more information on SB22 →

Our Members at Work

OP-ED: It’s Time for Nonpartisan Municipal Elections

OP-ED: It’s Time for Nonpartisan Municipal Elections

Op-ed by Anthony H. Williams and David Thornburgh

In Philadelphia, 23% or nearly a quarter-million voters effectively don’t get a say in who becomes mayor, represents them on city council or runs the District Attorney’s office. Despite standing in line to cast ballots and informing themselves on candidate positions, these citizens are locked out of the process simply because they’ve not registered to vote as a Democrat. But what if when you went into a voting booth, there were no party labels – no Democrat, no Republican, no Green – but only names? For voters in 85% of America’s cities and towns, that’s the reality – and Philadelphia should join them.

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Two Boscola Voting Reform Initiatives Clear Senate Committee

Two Boscola Voting Reform Initiatives Clear Senate Committee

 HARRISBURG - June 18, 2019 --- The state Senate State Government Committee today unanimously approved Sen. Lisa Boscola’s senate bill 421, which would do away with straight party voting.  The bill will now move on to the full Senate. “Informed and committed...

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Senate, House Members Unveil Election Reform Proposals

Senate, House Members Unveil Election Reform Proposals

HARRISBURG - June 4, 2019 - State Sen. Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Rep. Sara Innamorato (D-Pittsburgh) led House and Senate Democrats in announcing several voting reform proposals Tuesday in the Main Capitol Rotunda.  The legislators were...

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Senate and House Members Announce Electoral Reform Proposals

Senate and House Members Announce Electoral Reform Proposals

HARRISBURG - June 3, 2019 - State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) and Representative Sara Innamorato (D-Pittsburgh) will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4 at the Main Capitol Rotunda to announce voting reform proposals.   The...

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Senator Hughes Statement on Congressional Redistricting

Senator Hughes Statement on Congressional Redistricting

Harrisburg – February 23, 2018 – State Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) statement on congressional redistricting: "While the map ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court addresses the problem of political gerrymandering -- and that was absolutely...

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Senator Costa Supports Governor Wolf’s Rejection of GOP Map

Senator Costa Supports Governor Wolf’s Rejection of GOP Map

Harrisburg, Pa. − February 13, 2018 − Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa fully supports Governor Wolf’s decision to reject the maps presented to him last week by just two Republican members.  “A proposal that makes districts slightly more compact but no more fair...

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Hughes to Gov: New Maps Must Adhere to Voting Rights Act

Hughes to Gov: New Maps Must Adhere to Voting Rights Act

Harrisburg – February 9, 2018 – In a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf on the preparation of new congressional maps, state Sen. Vincent J. Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) reminded the governor that the new districts must adhere to the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of...

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