Pennsylvania to cross-check with other states for duplicates in voter rolls

    Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carol Aichele told a meeting of county elections officials in Philadelphia that the state is working to purge the voting rolls of those who have duplicate registrations in other states.

    Aichele says Pennsylvania will check its voter rolls against those of 23 other states in a voluntary consortium known as the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program.

     

    Names with registrations in multiple states will be passed to county elections officials.

    “They will be provided information where the new registration is and asked to contact the voter to verify that they in fact have moved and registered at another place,” said department spokesman Ron Ruman. “And if they’re able to verify that, they will be removed from the voter rolls in the place which has the older registration.”

    “This is a program that’s worth taking part in to preserve the integrity of our voting lists and further bolster public confidence in out elections,” Aichele told attendees of the Pennsylvania County Election Officials’ Conference Tuesday.

    The only member of the consortium which borders Pennsylvania is Ohio.

    The multistate effort, based in Kansas, comes at no cost to the commonwealth.

    Aichele also said Tuesday the state accepts a Commonwealth Court judge’s decision to delay implementation of  Pennsylvania’s voter ID law for a second time.

    While the Corbett administration maintains that every voter can get the photo ID required to cast a ballot, Aichele says the delay until after November’s election is reasonable given the extended legal challenge to the law’s constitutionality.

     

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