Date Posted:Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Counties Comment on Election Reform

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In response to today’s Election Reform news conference by Senators Mike Folmer (R-48), Judy Schwank (D-11), Tom Killion (R-9), Pat Stefano (R-32) and Scott Martin (R-13), CCAP President and Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone issued the following statement:

 
As county officials, we have the responsibility to assure our constituents that there is integrity in the voting process; that elections are fair and secure at every step from voter registration to certifying election results. While much of counties’ attention recently has been focused on the need to purchase new voting equipment, we also believe there is a need for more comprehensive elections reform considerations to make sure the entire elections process remains both accessible and cost-effective.
 
Counties thank Sen. Folmer, his colleagues and his staff for opening the door to consider important updates to the Election Code, and for including county officials and election directors in extensive discussions as these bills were developed over the last several months. Their willingness to learn from counties about how the current system functions and to understand the real world impacts of potential legislation is an example of the strong state-county partnership we believe is needed to create effective policy changes.
 
We appreciate their leadership, and look forward to this next significant step toward meaningful reform.
 
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The County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) is the voice of county government; a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. CCAP members include county commissioners, council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors.
 
County governments are responsible for a wide variety of critical services, including provision of human services (i.e., mental health, intellectual disabilities, juvenile justice, children and youth, long-term care, drug and alcohol services, housing) to people in need in our communities. In addition, counties are responsible for emergency management and 911 services, administration of the courts and corrections system, elections, maintenance of county bridges, and the county property assessment rolls, and are also involved in environmental and land use planning, protection of open space and community and economic development.
 
CCAP strengthens the counties’ abilities to govern their own affairs and improve the well-being and quality of life for every Pennsylvania resident. It advocates for favorable state and federal legislation, programs and policies on behalf of counties. CCAP is committed to service excellence through education, information, insurance, technology and other programs that support effective county government. Founded in 1886, CCAP is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties.
 
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