WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) vetoed a Republican voter suppression bill on Wednesday morning, dealing a blow to efforts by the state Legislature to impose additional voting restrictions in the key swing state. The bill, House Bill 1300, would have established new voter ID requirements, added new barriers to mail-in voting, imposed new signature match requirements for absentee ballots and eliminated ballot drop boxes in the state.
In a statement upon his veto, Wolf said, “This bill is ultimately not about improving access to voting or election security, but about restricting the freedom to vote. If adopted, it would threaten to disrupt election administration, undermine faith in government, and invite costly, time-consuming, and destabilizing litigation.”