Statement of Senator Tom Killion Regarding The Passage Of Landmark Election Reform Legislation

Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester and Delaware) released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 421:

“Pennsylvania’s election laws have effectively limited ballot access and reinforced the power of political bosses. With the passage of Senate Bill 421, those laws have finally moved into the 21st Century. It will be easier for Pennsylvanians to register to vote, create a de facto vote-by-mail system, and eliminate the antiquated ‘straight party’ option.

“This legislation isn’t perfect – good bills rarely are. We have more work to do, namely permitting Pennsylvania’s almost 800,000 independent voters to participate in primary elections. But it is a step in the right direction, and I’m proud to have voted for it. It will expand ballot access, make our elections more secure, limit the influence of party bosses and promote a better informed electorate.”