Ward Discusses Audit of Voter Registration System in Pennsylvania

Remarks of Senator Kim Ward at a Capitol news conference with Auditor General Eugene DePasquale to announce he will conduct an audit of the state’s voter registration system to help enhance voting security before the 2020 election.

The audit is part of an interagency agreement with the Department of State and mirrors Senate Bill 762, legislation introduced by Senator Ward which passed the Senate earlier this year, but remains stalled in the House.

The audit, which will cover January 2016 through the end of the audit, will focus on the Department of State’s Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) and include the following objectives:

  • Review of security protocols of the SURE system;
  • Assessment of whether records maintained with the SURE system are accurate and in
    accordance with the Help America Vote Act and Pennsylvania law;
  • Evaluation of the process for input and maintenance of voter registration records;
  • Review of the efficiency and accuracy of the SURE system;
  • Review of the internal controls, methodology for internal audits and internal audits review process;
  • Review of the external controls, methodology for the issuance of directives and guidance to the counties by DOS regarding voter registration and list maintenance, and
  • Any other relevant information or recommendations related to the accuracy, operability, and efficiency of the SURE system, as determined by the Auditor General.

The audit report is to be completed by January 31, 2019.

The Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors is a centralized voter registration and election management system used by the Department of State and maintained by the election authorities in each county.