Thursday, June 5, 2008
House State Government Committee Chairwoman Babette Josephs recommends that Pennsylvania amend its constitution to allow citizens to vote by absentee ballot without needing an acceptable reason. The Philadelphia County Democrat's suggestion could be the first step on Pennsylvania's way to all-mail voting. Josephs is currently entertaining the idea of universal mail-in ballots. She says that Oregon is the only state with all-mail voting and that process has increased participation, decreased the likelihood of voter fraud, and saved the state money. However, she did concede that mail-in ballots take away the nostalgia of travelling to voting booths. She also said that mail-in ballots did not restrict exit polling in Oregon.