Below are some important Harrisburg updates that may be helpful to you.
This week, while it was quiet in the State Capitol, it wasn’t necessarily quiet throughout the State. Elections were held on Tuesday, and there was a variety of issues that persisted throughout the day. While the mail in ballots present issues with security and accuracy, the Governor’s Executive Order to extend the counting of those ballots for on additional week has caused a lot of confusion in the counties in which it was allowed. Additionally, the over $200 million that the General Assembly invested into election security to counties through new voting machines was also not without hiccups, with a number of cases of malfunctioning machines and other simply not working being reported Statewide. This is certainly something that we need to address before November.
Additionally, I joined several of my Southeastern Pennsylvania colleagues in sending a letter to the Governor to allow the reopening of youth sports which are able to follow social distancing in the Commonwealth. Throughout the past several weeks, I have heard from countless parents about their desire to return their family lives to some sense of normalcy, and this is one avenue which always comes up. You can read my press release here.
Finally, I think it’s important that we all have continue to have a sense of understanding and compassion during these trying times in our country. America is hurting, and there are many out there hoping for change and for their voices to be heard, and we all need to be supportive of that. While America has always been a leader when it comes to change, we have also been a leader when it comes to helping our fellow citizens and being there for one another, and now is the best time to show that is still what makes us great.
Lastly, I encourage you to continue to stay calm and safe in whichever way you can as we ride this out together. I have been sending out newsletters almost daily with the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 with specific information related to our area. If you’re interested, you can sign up to receive these newsletters on my website, senatormensch.com. You can also keep an eye on my website for news releases, email me with questions or concerns, or find contact information for my district offices which you can get in touch with if you need anything.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 215-541-2388.
Senator Bob Mensch
24th Senatorial District