Election law: No reform until 2023?
PA House State Government Committee chair Seth Grove (R-York) seems to have closed the door on election reform, telling The Inquirer: “It’s over until we get a new governor.” Perhaps that’s a negotiating ploy, but the chance that counties and voters must tolerate the status quo through at least three more elections, including a high-profile midterm in 2022, is another symptom of severe dysfunction in Harrisburg. Passing major legislation requires “a set of preexisting relationships and a level of trust” between negotiators, C70 CEO David Thornburgh told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s unfortunately been eroded in the last couple of years.”
Voter ID from various angles: The inclusion of a voter ID provision in Rep. Grove’s HB1300 was ostensibly a major reason for the governor’s veto. How useful is voter ID (from the GOP’s point of view)? How bad (from the Democrats')? The Inquirer attempts to evaluate the divisive policy. The conclusion: “It’s complicated.”