Mary Gay Scanlon on Government Reform



Expand voting rights; overturn barriers to access the ballot

Q: If elected, what will you do to ensure that the voting rights of all Americans are protected and that our elections are accessible and secure from internal and external threats?

Mary Gay Scanlon: I want to expand the voting rights act. We need to reauthorize the portions of the voting rights act that were gutted by the Shelby decision. I believe in a reflective democracy, and in order us to achieve that, there shouldn't be barriers to access the ballot.

Source: League of Women Voters Q&A on 2018 Congress PA-4 election , Sep 9, 2018

Automatic voter registration for all citizens.

Scanlon co-sponsored H.R.12 & S.1088

Congressional Summary:

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (BrennanCenter.org): Too many Americans go to vote on Election Day only to find their names are not on the voter rolls--often, wrongly deleted. The US is on the verge of a new paradigm for registering voters: automatic, permanent registration of eligible voters, which would add up to 50 million eligible voters to the rolls.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (Gov. Christie's veto message on the "Democracy Act", Nov. 2015): Christie called a provision establishing automatic voter registration that requires New Jerseyan to opt out a "government-knows-best, backwards approach that would inconvenience citizens and waste government resources for no justifiable reason." Automatic voter registration would have added 1.6 million people to the state's voter rolls.

Source: Voter Empowerment Act 15-H12 on Mar 19, 2015

Holiday on election day; revamp for easier voting access.

Scanlon voted YEA For the People Act of 2019