Allowing voters to register online can save time, increase accuracy of voter rolls, and decrease costs for election officials. It also might bump up turnout, especially for young voters and those who recently relocated.
Twice rebuffed by the U.S. Supreme Court in their requests for emergency intervention, top Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers are asking the high court to take up their appeal of the partisan gerrymandering case that overturned the congressional map this year.
The vote was largely on party lines, with two Democrats joining Republicans to pass the bill. Democrats accused Republicans of seeking to retaliate against the state Supreme Court for its gerrymandering decision this year and said the new proposal would lead to gerrymandering of the judicial system.
At a hearing Friday, federal judges questioned whether they should step in to block the Pennsylvania congressional map, whether doing so would create more chaos, and whether they should wait for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jonathan Lai covers issues related to rights and explores our changing understanding of them. Topics include freedom of expression, gerrymandering, and digital privacy and security. He has been with the Inquirer and Daily News since 2012 and covered higher education in New Jersey until 2017.