Common Cause Pennsylvania Celebrates Ballot Design Improvements

Today, Secretary of the Commonwealth  Al Schmidt announced that redesigned mail ballot materials will be rolled out in the 2024 primary election.

In response, Common Cause Pennsylvania executive director Philip Hensley-Robin issued the following statement: 

“We know that by providing clearer instructions for voters and improving the design of voting materials, fewer voters will have their ballots discarded for making a minor technical error. Today’s announcement is a welcomed change, and we applaud the Department of State for making these much-needed improvements.”

“While this is undoubtedly a step in the right direction, we encourage legislators in Harrisburg to build on this improvement by addressing Pennsylvania’s inconsistent mail voting rules. A patchwork of county-by-county notice-and-cure and ballot drop-box policies do not serve voters well.  Your ability to have your vote counted should not be determined by what county you live in.”