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Delivering Democracy

The Committee of Seventy was established in 1904 to protect and improve the voting process, bring people of competence and integrity into government, combat corruption, and inform and engage citizens in the critical affairs of the day. We are the only independent, nonpartisan organization of our kind in the region, and the oldest and largest in Pennsylvania.

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Be a Voter

Our goal is to create a culture of voting in Pennsylvania, and we need your help to do it. Through our WeVote initiative, you have everything you need to ensure your community - your family, your work, your neighborhood, your church - is prepared to have a successful voting experience.

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City Council Redistricting

Redistricting can determine who has a voice in the political process, who can run for office, and who is elected. Many communities are well served by being kept whole to have a louder voice with their representative. That process happens once every ten years, and it's happening now.

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Be a Champion of Local Democracy

For over 117 years, the Committee of Seventy has been a leader in advancing representative, ethical, and effective government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. You can help continue to move this critical work forward by becoming a member.

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Committee of Seventy is a trusted voice.

In the darkness of deep division, partisan political conflict, where Americans are vulnerable to mis- and dis-information, the Committee of Seventy is a bright light, a trusted voice.

Ended cash gifts

Philadelphia's elected officials and employees can no longer accept cash gifts, thanks in large measure to Seventy's vigilance in advocating for this common sense reform. We're working to do the same at the state level.

Slayed the Gerrymander

Through Draw the Lines PA, the largest outpouring of hands-on citizen mapping in the history of our county, we gave thousands of citizens the power to draw their own maps and inform the upcoming formal process for drawing congressional, legislative and city council maps.

Banned ultra-rich pension bonuses

Seventy prompted Pennsylvania to ban ultra-rich pension bonuses for elected officials in Philadelphia and across the state.

Educated voters

Seventy led a non-partisan statewide coalition of 185 groups to educate voters on how to be prepared for voter ID rules.
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November 08, 2021
11-8-2021 Community Redistricting Meeting
On November 8, 2021, there was a Community Input Meeting held on City Council redistricting for the general area of Logan and Olney, facilitated by staff from Millennials in Action and the Committee of Seventy.
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November 15, 2021 • Press Releases
Statement on the Conviction of Councilmember Bobby Henon and Local 98 Business Manager John Dougherty
The conviction of Councilmember Bobby Henon and Local 98 business manager John Dougherty marks a historic break from business as usual in Philadelphia politics.

Learn the Five Habits

Voting is necessary but not sufficient. A thriving democracy requires active participation, so we have a checklist of five research-based habits that helps you be an effective, active citizen. add text

Be a Voter

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Seventy provides everything you need to be an informed and effective voter. Check your registration, find your polling place, apply to vote by mail, and much more.

Invite Diverse Perspectives

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Seventy helps communities and organizations hold civil discourses about challenging political issues to promote constructive dialogue.

Choose Your News Wisely

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Navigating today’s media landscape isn’t easy. Discover the best tools to help you tell facts from fiction and maintain a healthy media diet.

Learn How it Works

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Learn how elections work, how government operates, and what you need to know to fully participate as an active citizen.

Act

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Being an informed voter is the first step towards active citizenship. Go one step further by advocating for change, volunteering, becoming a poll worker, or even running for office.
Take Action

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Find Your Elected Officials

Knowing who is elected to represent you is the first step in making your voice heard and making meaningful change in your community. Click here to discover who represents you at every level of government.

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Attend an Event

Get to know your community by attending a C70 event. Connect with elected officials and other like-minded individuals advocating for democracy!

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Partner with Us

Work with us to improve the voting process, inform citizens and increase participation in your neighborhood, community, school or work place.

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Donate

Seventy is a non-profit with no ties to special interests or government funding. Your donation helps keep our voice independent.

Committee of Seventy played an integral role in the 2020 presidential election.
Learn more about our role during an unprecedented election year.