HARRISBURG - Pennsylvanians could register to vote online, and get quicker access to data about who funds their legislators' campaigns and who spends money to influence policy-making in the Capitol, under a trio of bills passed unanimously Wednesday in the state Senate.
It's all in the name of government transparency and efficiency in a state that has made a big push over the last decade to be more open when it comes to open records.
The voter bill, sponsored by Sen. Lloyd Smucker (R., Lancaster), would let voters register online through a system developed by the Department of State, which oversees elections. A number of states already offer that option. "The idea is to make it easier . . . and to increase participation," Smucker said in a statement. He said it would also cut costs for counties.