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President Lyndon B. Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. at the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965Honoring Voting Rights Act & Increasing Voter Participation

Aug. 6 marked the 52nd anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most significant measures of the Civil Rights Movement.

The law took a landmark step to protect and ensure our right to vote, but our work on the state and federal levels to ensure voting rights continues to this day. We are still taking steps to improve voter access on the state level.

Senator Hughes Remarks Voting Access Impovement
June 13, 2017: Senator Hughes Remarks Voting Access Impovement

That’s why my colleagues and I introduced a comprehensive voting access improvement package aimed at increasing voter participation in Pennsylvania. 

The measures address the following:

  • Automatic voter registration
  • Same-day voter registration
  • Time off for voting
  • Early voting
  • Notification of voter registration eligibility for younger Pennsylvanians
  • Absentee ballot voting

Voter Access Legislation Introduced:

  • Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/ Montgomery): Automatic voter registration (Senate Bill 608)
  • Lisa Boscola (D-Lehigh/Northampton): Same-day voter registration (Senate Bill 282), time off for voting (Senate Bill 284)
  • Wayne Fontana (D-Allegheny): Early voting (Senate Bill 440)
  • Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie): Same-day voter registration (House Bill 101)
  • Tim Briggs (D-Montgomery): Voter pre-registration (House Bill 1145)
  • Tony DeLuca (D-Allegheny): Same-day voter registration (House Bill 945), early voting (House Bill 946)
  • Edward Gainey (D-Allegheny): Automatic voter registration (House Bill 193)
  • Neal Goodman (D-Schuylkill): No excuse absentee voting (House Bill 1138)
  • Robert Matzie (D-Beaver/Allegheny): Vote by mail
  • Eddie Day Pashinski (D-Luzerne): Early voting (House Bill 427)
  • Christopher Rabb (D-Philadelphia): Omnibus election reform (House Bill 1465)
  • Brian Sims (D-Philadelphia): No excuse absentee voting and early voting (House Bill 1117)
  • Pam Snyder (D-Washington/Fayette/Snyder): No excuse absentee voting and early voting (House Bill 75)

Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

2401 North 54th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579