DeLuca: Voting bill a no-brainer, casts “yes” vote

Cites voter turnout, funding and voter flexibility as driving force

HARRISBURG, Oct. 30 – State Rep. Tony DeLuca, D-Allegheny, released the following statement regarding his “yes” vote on S.B. 421, which passed the state House on Tuesday:

“On Tuesday, we all had a chance to take part in a historic, bipartisan push to bring our state’s voting system into modern times. I voted for this bill for a number of reasons, but I think it’s important to note this bill does so many great things for the state and its voters. It was a no-brainer to cast my ‘yes’ vote.

“Pennsylvania, regardless of how you look at it, was behind the times. We were able to pass a bill that expands access to the ballot with vote-by-mail, no-excuse absentee ballots, and change the voter registration deadline so that everyone has a chance to cast a vote!

“The commonwealth prides itself on the hard-working demeanor of its residents, but many residents in years past had to make special accommodations to make it to the polls. This bill ensures residents working long hours or odd shifts have the flexibility and choice as to when they decide to cast their vote.

“Lastly, but certainly not least, this bill provides an influx of $4 million to help promote an accurate and complete census count, which will help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds will be distributed. Those dollars mean new roads, better schools and better health care, which, as Democratic chairman of the House Insurance Committee, I can say is much-needed.

“Overall, this bill was a bill for the people of Pennsylvania, and that’s what we’re all here to do – represent state residents. So, it’s an honor to have had a hand in this historic vote, and I look forward to when it makes its way to Governor Wolf’s desk.”