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ARTICLE VII, SECTION 14. AMENDMENT OF NOVEMBER 4, 1997

Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1968 - Legislative History

Absentee Voting.

(a) The Legislature shall, by general law, provide a manner in which, and the time and place at which, qualified electors who may, on the occurrence of any election, be absent from the municipality of their residence, because their duties, occupation or business require them to be elsewhere or who, on the occurrence of any election, are unable to attend at their proper polling places because of illness or physical disability or who will not attend a polling place because of the observance of a religious holiday or who cannot vote because of election day duties, in the case of a county employee, may vote, and for the return and canvass of their votes in the election district in which they respectively reside.

(b) For purposes of this section, "municipality" means a city, borough, incorporated town, township, or any similar general purpose unit of government which may be created by the General Assembly.[Source: 1997 Pa. Laws 636]

Bill Histories

1996 Bill History Joint Resolution No.2

HB 1865 By Representatives HERMAN, CLYMER, CLARK, ARGALL, VANCE, ROBINSON,
    KREBS, BAKER, TRICH, L. I. COHEN, WOGAN, WALKO, STEELMAN, CARONE,
    STERN, MERRY, CURRY and NICKOL.

                                                        Printer's No. 2287.

    A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for absentee voting.

    Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, June 26, 1995
    Reported as committed, Oct. 25, 1995
    First consideration, Oct. 25, 1995
    Laid on the table, Oct. 25, 1995
    Removed from table, Oct. 25, 1995
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, Oct. 25, 1995
    Re-reported as committed, April 29, 1996
    Second consideration, April 29, 1996
    Third consideration and final passage, May 13, 1996 (122-78)
    (Remarks see House Journal Page 836-841),  May 13, 1996
                              In the Senate
    Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, May 14, 1996
    Reported as committed, June 5, 1996
    First consideration, June 5, 1996
    Second consideration, June 10, 1996
    Third consideration and final passage, June 12, 1996 (49-0)
    (Remarks see Senate Journal Page 2097-2102),  June 12, 1996
                     Signed in House, June 12, 1996
                     Signed in Senate, June 17, 1996
    Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, June 18, 1996
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 2
                         Passed Sessions of 1996

1997 Bill History Joint Resolution No.3

HB 171 By Representatives HERMAN, CLYMER, MELIO, TRELLO, WOJNAROSKI,
    FLEAGLE, GODSHALL, PLATTS, WAUGH, COWELL, SCHULER, GEIST, SAYLOR, COY,
    FARGO, PESCI, CLARK, KAISER, SEMMEL, B. SMITH, TIGUE, MILLER, WOGAN,
    ARGALL, COLAIZZO, VAN HORNE, OLASZ, BOSCOLA, SCRIMENTI, STERN, SHANER,
    BARD, L. I. COHEN, CARONE, HENNESSEY, C. WILLIAMS, STEELMAN, TULLI,
    EGOLF and ROSS.

Prior Printer's Nos. 187, 754                          Printer's No. 2015.

   A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, further providing for absentee voting.

    Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, Feb. 3, 1997
    Reported as committed, March 10, 1997
    First consideration, March 10, 1997
    Laid on the table, March 10, 1997
    Removed from table, March 10, 1997
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, March 10, 1997
    Re-reported as committed, April 7, 1997
    Second consideration, April 7, 1997
    Third consideration and final passage, April 8, 1997 (195-3)
                              In the Senate
    Referred to STATE GOVERNMENT, April 8, 1997
    Reported as committed, May 13, 1997
    First consideration, May 13, 1997
    Re-referred to APPROPRIATIONS, May 13, 1997
    Re-reported as committed, June 9, 1997
    Second consideration, June 9, 1997
    Amended on third consideration, June 10, 1997
    Third consideration and final passage, June 10, 1997 (46-3)
                              In the House
    Referred to RULES, June 10, 1997
    Reported as committed, June 11, 1997
    House concurred in Senate amendments, June 11, 1997 (151-41)
    (Remarks see House Journal Page 1427-1428),  June 11, 1997
                     Signed in House, June 11, 1997
                     Signed in Senate, June 16, 1997
   Filed in the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, June 16, 1997
                     Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 3
                    Passed Sessions of 1996 and 1997
                Approved by the electorate, Nov. 4, 1997
                          (1,301,638 - 686,518)