Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Have Outlawed Straight Party Voting

An election reform bill passed by both the state House and Senate has been vetoed by Governor Tom Wolf. Senate Bill 48 would have provided counties with $90 million to help pay for new voting machines and would have eliminated the straight ticket/party voting option. Addressing the latter in his veto message, Governor Wolf wrote such a change “could lead to voter confusion and longer lines at the polls.” But In a statement Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati and Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman said “Governor Wolf’s veto makes no sense for voters, local governments or taxpayers.”