Pennsylvania Governor Signs Election Reform Bill

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Election Reform Bill
Gov. Tom Wolf's office described the bill as "the most significant improvement to Pennsylvania's elections in more than 80 years."
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has signed an election reform bill that his office calls "the most significant improvement to Pennsylvania's elections in more than 80 years."

The bipartisan bill will allow voting by mail up to 50 days before an election without making voters provide a reason for why they can't make it to the polls. The bill also moves the voter registration deadline from 30 days before an election to just 15.

Act 77 also authorizes the governor to borrow $90 million to reimburse counties up to 60% of the actual costs of updating their voting systems. 

In a statement, Gov. Wolf said the bill will make "voting more convenient and more secure for millions of Pennsylvanians" and that he's committed to "modernizing elections." He said: "This is the biggest change to our elections in generations and will strengthen our democracy by removing barriers to the voting booth and encouraging more people to vote."

Wolf's office said the law will take effect for the April primary election but will not impact the election set for Tuesday.