Election bill headed to Pennsylvania governor

Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Legislation headed for the governor’s desk in Pennsylvania will deliver the biggest changes to state election laws in decades while helping counties buy new voting machines ahead of next year’s presidential election.

The Republican-controlled Senate passed it Tuesday, 35-14, hours after the House passed it comfortably. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf negotiated it privately with top Republican lawmakers and his office says he’ll sign it.

It lets any voter mail in a ballot, moves voter-registration deadlines closer to elections and authorizes $90 million in borrowing for voting machines that Wolf insisted on to bolster election security.

It also eliminates the ballot option for straight party-ticket voting. Republicans pushed for that provision, amid worries that down-ballot Republican candidates will suffer from a suburban voter backlash against President Donald Trump next year.

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