WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) announced today that he has sent a letter to Pennsylvania Secretary of State Carol Aichele pressing the state government to engage in a transparent process as it participates in an effort to purge voter rolls.
The state is participating in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program. In his letter, Casey cited previous efforts by the state Administration to restrict access to the ballot through the state’s voter ID law in making the case for a transparent process that instills public confidence.
“I’m concerned that this program could be implemented in a way that adversely impacts Pennsylvanians who are simply trying to exercise their right to vote,” Casey said. “In 1993 Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act that requires states to give voters appropriate notice and due process before their name is purged from the voter rolls. It’s important that any process that removes someone from a voter registration list remain consistent with the protections in section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act. Pennsylvania’s participation in this program should be monitored closely. The state must engage in a transparent process that instills public confidence and doesn’t work to prevent Pennsylvanians from having their voices heard at the ballot box.”