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The Pennsylvania Capitol Builiding in Harrisburg is shown in this Oct. 7, 2015, file photo.

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday to adopt two new laws concerning elections.

House Bill 143, introduced by state Rep. Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, would establish an updated process to clear the state’s voter rolls of deceased electors and those who move away.

According to the bill, the Department of State would be required to cross-reference its database of registered voters at least once monthly with death record information from local registrars — birth date, first and last names, last four digits of a Social Security Number.

Deceased electors are to immediately be removed from Pennsylvania’s Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors, however, except within 90 days of an election.

The bill looks to establish the procedure to remove those who move out of state, along with a one-time exception allowing those who move out of state to cast a ballot in Pennsylvania when they are not yet registered to vote in their new place of residence.

It would also require organizations or individuals circulating absentee or mail-in ballot applications to use updated voter registration data from the Department of State.

The second proposal, House Bill 2484, introduced by state Rep. Lori Mizgorski, R-Allegheny, would mandate that write-in candidates file statements of financial interests within 30 days of having been nominated or elected.

There would be an exception for those who decline nomination or office. The proposed rule would apply to state and local elections.

Under the proposal, any write-in candidate who is nominated but fails to file a statement of financial interests won’t appear on the ballot.

Both bills were approved by House members, 201-0. They each moved to the Senate State Government Committee for consideration.

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Eric Scicchitano is the CNHI Pennsylvania state reporter. He is a former CNHI Reporter of the Year and previously worked at The (Sunbury) Daily Item before until he took over the Harrisburg beat in January 2022. Email him at erics@cnhinews.com.

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