Former Governor Tom Ridge advocates for earlier pre-canvassing

Written by on October 17, 2020

 Former Governor Tom Ridge advocates for earlier pre-canvassing

By Sam Dunklau, WITF

October 16, 2020

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Former Pennsylvania Gov. and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge lamented President Trump’s denigration of voting by mail because Ridge says it may wind up hurting Republicans. Photo via WITF

Former Governor Tom Ridge says time is of the essence for state lawmakers to allow county election offices to begin counting ballots before Election Day.

Republican Tom Ridge – the nation’s first Homeland Security secretary – served as governor between 1995 and 2001.

He says in order to get important pieces of legislation passed, he had to put aside political differences and get personally involved in discussions with leaders.

Ridge says that’s what needs to happen – as soon as the legislature is back in session next week – to get a pre-canvassing measure passed.

“They could start those conversations on Monday morning, Monday afternoon, resolve it by Tuesday, pass it, governor signs it, and you move on. I mean, it’s a matter of will.”

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says she’s “not getting many signals” lawmakers will approve earlier pre-canvassing.

One of the only bills to change the election code is stalled in the state Senate.

Republicans are also asking the Supreme Court to overturn what changes have been made.

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