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Elections and Voting

Seventy is an advocate for improving elections in Philadelphia and PA, and works tirelessly to educate and engage voters so they can confidently cast their ballot twice a year, every year.

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We advocate for policies that protect the integrity of voters and the election process, and we offer a variety of programs to inform and engage voters about the candidates and the process.

Voting 101

From registering to vote, to where to vote, to what your voting rights are — the Voting 101 resources give citizens the information they need to be engaged in the democratic process year-round.

WeVote For Democracy

Seventy’s WeVote campaign prepares, inspires and informs citizens, organizations, businesses, civic leaders, and elected officials across Pennsylvania to promote a culture of voting.
Important Resources
BYOBallot
Know what you're voting for before heading to the polls. Learn about every office, measure and candidate by creating your own ballot through Seventy’s customized digital tool.
Votes PA
From voting procedures to voter toolkits, the Pennsylvania Department of State has the information you’ll need to vote through their Votes PA website.
Philadelphia Votes
Learn about voter registration, voting procedures, running for office and working at the polls from the Philadelphia Votes website — powered by the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners.
How to Navigate BYOBallot
It's important for voters to not only have access to the voting process, but know how it works. This guide provides voters with the tools they need to successfully cast a valid ballot for upcoming elections.
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The Five Habits of Highly Effective Citizens

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.

Be a Voter

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

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

Choose Your News Wisely

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.

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

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CEO David Thornburgh: Why Every Vote Counts

Seventy works to make sure all voices are heard through our WeVote, CPR, and poll worker recruiting initiatives.
Recent News
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October 21, 2021

David Thornburgh's Testimony to the PA State Government Committee

C70 CEO and Chair of the Draw the Lines PA initiative, David Thornburgh, testified on October 20, 2021 before the PA State Government Committee about congressional redistricting.

September 17, 2021

Statement on Misguided Senate Action to Subpoena Voter Records and Personal Information Regarding the 2020 General Election

Statement on Misguided Senate Action to Subpoena Voter Records and Personal Information Regarding the 2020 General Election

August 13, 2021

Letter to York County Commissioners Regarding Partisan Election Review

The following letter was emailed to York County Commissioners Julie Wheeler (President), Doug Hoke (Vice President), and Ron Smith on August 12.

August 04, 2021

Testimony on Citizen Participation in Congressional Redistricting

Testimony on Citizen Participation in Congressional Redistricting in the Senate State Government Committee

July 23, 2021

David Thornburgh to Step Aside as Committee of Seventy CEO to Assume New Role as Senior Advisor

David Thornburgh to Step Aside as Committee of Seventy CEO to Assume New Role as Senior Advisor

July 22, 2021

Testimony of David Thornburgh, President & CEO of Committee of Seventy, on the Issue of Congressional Redistricting

Testimony of David Thornburgh, President & CEO of Committee of Seventy, on the Issue of Congressional Redistricting

July 13, 2021

Statement on Redistricting Process

Statement from David Thornburgh President and CEO of The Committee of Seventy And Chair of Draw The Lines PA

July 07, 2021

Statement on Sen. Doug Mastriano’s Demand for Election Materials from Targeted Counties

Committee of Seventy Statement on Sen. Doug Mastriano’s Demand for Election Materials from Targeted Counties

June 30, 2021

Committee of Seventy Statement on Governor Wolf’s Veto of House Bill 1300

Committee of Seventy Statement on Governor Wolf’s Veto of House Bill 1300

June 23, 2021

Statement on SB735 and the Current Debate Over Election Policy in Pennsylvania

Statement on SB735 and the Current Debate Over Election Policy in Pennsylvania

June 14, 2021

Letter to House State Government Committee on HB1300

Letter to House State Government Committee on HB1300

June 08, 2021

Written Testimony on Proposal to Eliminate the “Rule of Two” in Civil Service Promotions and Hiring

City Council Committee on Law and Government

May 26, 2021

Testimony on Congressional Redistricting Criteria

Senate State Government Committee

May 18, 2021

Bipartisan Open Primaries Legislation Introduced

BIPARTISAN OPEN PRIMARIES LEGISLATION INTRODUCED Proposal would allow 900,000 independent voters to vote on candidates in taxpayer-funded primary elections

May 17, 2021

Sen. Dan Laughlin to Introduce Open Primaries Legislation to Enfranchise 900,000 Independent Voters on Election Day

Sen. Dan Laughlin to Introduce Open Primaries Legislation to Enfranchise 900,000 Independent Voters on Election Day

May 04, 2021

Committee of Seventy and Draw the Lines PA congratulate Mark Nordenberg on his appointment to chair the Legislative Reapportionment Commission

Committee of Seventy and Draw the Lines PA congratulate Mark Nordenberg on his appointment to chair the Legislative Reapportionment Commission

April 15, 2021

Testimony on Priority Election Reforms and Rebuilding Trust

House State Government Committee

April 01, 2021

C70 to Kick Coffee Can of Destiny Down the Ben Franklin Parkway into New Coffee Museum

Philadelphia, PA (April 1, 2019) --- The Committee of Seventy (C70) announced today that it has negotiated rights to acquire the "Coffee Can of Destiny" (CCoD) from the Office of the Philadelphia City Commissioners and plans to donate it to a new Philadelphia Coffee Museum to be built on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

March 16, 2021

Draw the Lines PA Applauds Certification of Legislative Reapportionment Commission

Draw the Lines PA Applauds Certification of Legislative Reapportionment Commission

February 24, 2021

Statement on Joint State Government Committee Hearing on Census Data

Statement on Joint State Government Committee Hearing on Census Data

January 13, 2021

Letter to House Judiciary Committee: Oppose Judicial Districts (HB 38)

Letter to House Judiciary Committee: Oppose Judicial Districts (HB 38)

January 07, 2021

Committee of Seventy Statement on Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

Committee of Seventy Statement on Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

December 11, 2020

Pennsylvania’s election was free and fair. We need our public officials to stand firm.

Pennsylvania’s election was free and fair. We need our public officials to stand firm.

November 18, 2020

Committee of Seventy Statement on HR 1100

House State Government Committee

November 07, 2020

Committee of Seventy Congratulates Projected Winners of 2020 Election

Lauds Pennsylvania Officials for Conducting a Fair Election

November 05, 2020

Committee of Seventy Denounces President's Attack on Democracy, Calls to Finish the Count

Committee of Seventy Denounces President's Attack on Democracy, Calls to Finish the Count

November 04, 2020

Committee of Seventy Statement on Continued Vote Count

Committee of Seventy Statement on Continued Vote Count

October 30, 2020

Why Voters in Philadelphia Can Trust the Election Process

Why Voters in Philadelphia Can Trust the Election Process

October 30, 2020

Por qué los votantes de Filadelfia pueden confiar en el proceso electoral

Por qué los votantes de Filadelfia pueden confiar en el proceso electoral

October 16, 2020

Letter to PA Senators: Counties Need Time to Process Ballots

Letter to PA Senators: Counties Need Time to Process Ballots

September 30, 2020

Statement on HR 1032 to Create a Select Committee on Election Integrity

Seventy expresses concern over partisanship, failure to provide ballot-processing time for counties

September 23, 2020

Letter to Senate State Government Committee: Support Redistricting Criteria and Transparency Bill

Letter to Senate State Government Committee: Support Redistricting Criteria and Transparency Bill

September 19, 2020

Letter to General Assembly: Urgent Election Code Fixes Needed for Counties and Voters

Letter to General Assembly: Urgent Election Code Fixes Needed for Counties and Voters

August 27, 2020

New Statewide Poll Finds Strong Support for Primary Reform

Registered voters support open primaries and top-two system for Pennsylvania

July 23, 2020

Legislative Changes Urgently Needed Prior to November 2020 Election

Legislative Changes Urgently Needed Prior to November 2020 Election

July 21, 2020

Written Testimony on Preparing Philadelphia for the November 2020 Election

Preparing Philadelphia for the November 2020 Election | City Council Legislative Oversight Committee

July 17, 2020

Written Testimony on Bill 200363, Bill 200367 and Resolution 200377

Proposals to Reinstitute a Pre-hire Residency Requirement for City Employees and Create a Citizens Police Oversight Commission City Council Law and Government Committee June 17, 2020

July 13, 2020

Letter to PA Senators: Committee of Seventy Opposes Regional Judicial Elections, HB 196

Letter to PA Senators: Committee of Seventy Opposes Regional Judicial Elections, HB 196

May 22, 2020

Open Primaries PA hosting Virtual Advocacy Day to Secure Voting Rights for All Pennsylvanians Ahead of Primary Elections

Open Primaries PA hosting Virtual Advocacy Day to Secure Voting Rights for All Pennsylvanians Ahead of Primary Elections

May 13, 2020

Massive Polling Place Consolidation Announced For the June 2 Primary

Seventy urges voters to vote by mail, advises those going to the polls to expect long lines

May 08, 2020

Committee of Seventy Calls on PA Congressional Leaders to Support Additional Federal Funding to Ensure Safe and Secure Elections

Local jurisdictions will bear the heaviest burden of protecting voters and workers from COVID-19. They need federal funding now.

April 28, 2020

Open Primaries PA Launches Statewide Digital Campaign

Outreach to target more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanians shut out of the June 2 primary

April 27, 2020

Committee of Seventy Launches WeVote to Promote Culture of Voting

Committee of Seventy Launches WeVote to Promote Culture of Voting and Encourage Vote-by-Mail in 2020 in the Commonwealth of PA

March 27, 2020

General Assembly Moves Primary to June 2, but 1.2 Million Voters Still Shut Out

Bill passed to protect election, but 1.2 million voters still shut out

March 27, 2020

General Assembly and Governor Approve Bill to Move 2020 Primary

Primary Election Shifts to June 2 with Emergency Provisions

March 13, 2020

A Message from CEO David Thornburgh on the Challenges of the Times

by David Thornburgh President and CEO Committee of Seventy

February 25, 2020

All Voters Vote in HD 190 Special Election

But independents to be shut out of April presidential primary

February 03, 2020

Written Testimony on Bill 200015 and Resolution 200056

Proposed Changes to Political Activity Rules City Council Committee on Law and Government

December 18, 2019

Seventy Supports Transparency Legislation For Interim Court Appointments

Bill would add commonsense changes until merit selection reform is achieved

December 02, 2019

Written Testimony on Bill 190861 and Resolution 190874

City Council Committee on Law and Government

November 26, 2019

Written Testimony on “Putting People First at City Hall”

Philadelphia City Council Committee on Commerce & Economic Development

October 31, 2019

City Council Passes Reform to Vacant Land Sale Process

Legislation is a step forward, but more work left to do

October 31, 2019

Historic Election Reform Approved in Pennsylvania

Sweeping changes to state election law set a foundation for further reform

October 23, 2019

Election Reform Package Should Move Forward

Compromise Bill Adds Significant Updates to 1937 Election Code

September 27, 2019

Statement on Philadelphia Voting System Controversy

Philadelphia, PA – With City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s investigation of Philadelphia’s selection process for new voting systems complete, the controversy wrapped around the chosen system seems primed to continue, as does the leadership vacuum that has persisted throughout.

September 18, 2019

Testimony on Redistricting Reform

Written Testimony on Redistricting Reform | House State Government Committee Hearing

August 29, 2019

Redistricting Reform Commission Releases Final Report

HARRISBURG, PA – The bipartisan Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission released a final report today with recommendations to improve the process of creating legislative district boundaries. Governor Wolf signed an executive order last year creating the commission to explore ways Pennsylvania could curb gerrymandering and make redistricting fairer and nonpartisan.

July 09, 2019

Seventy Supports Wolf Administration Financing of New Voting Systems

HARRISBURG, PA – The Committee of Seventy applauds the Wolf administration’s order to issue a bond to cover the long-term investment in safe, secure voting systems. Counties around the state have taken responsible steps over the past year to procure new voting machines with voter-verified paper trails. Such equipment is essential to protect the integrity of our elections, and our local governments deserve this financial support for doing their part.

June 25, 2019

Open Primaries Legislation Approved by the Pennsylvania Senate

Landmark Bill Will Move to the State House for Debate

June 18, 2019

Open Primaries Legislation Advances in the Senate

​SB 300 Voted out of Committee with Bipartisan Support

June 13, 2019

Testimony on Citizen Engagement in the Redistricting Process

Draw the Lines PA | Citizen Engagement in the Redistricting Process | Written Testimony for the PA Redistricting Reform Commission

May 20, 2019

Primary Reform Picks Up Traction Ahead of May 21 Primary

New coalition, editorial boards and legislative leadership call for reform

April 29, 2019

Open Primaries PA to Press for Independents’ Right to Vote

New Coalition Supports Opening Pennsylvania’s Primaries

April 24, 2019

Committee of Seventy Releases Philadelphia Resolution 1

New Platform for a Stronger Local Democracy

February 20, 2019

City Commissioners Approve New Voting System for Philadelphia

City on track to safeguard 2020 elections, but City officials must address confusion and distrust

January 29, 2019

Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Security Issues Final Report

Report urges voter-marked paper-ballot systems for 2020 elections

December 12, 2018

State Hosting Expo on New Voting Systems

Citizens, advocates and media encouraged to visit the expo in Doylestown

December 06, 2018

Committee of Seventy Supports the Call for a Review of City Land Sales

The Committee of Seventy is joining the call made this week by the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities for the City Controller to conduct a review of city land sales. Reporting by the Inquirer and Daily News confirm the continuation of City Council’s problematic role in land disposition, a longtime concern for Seventy.

November 29, 2018

Committee of Seventy Statement on the PA Redistricting Reform Commission

Harrisburg, PA – The Committee of Seventy applauds Governor Wolf for the Executive Order he issued today creating the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission. Furthermore, we are honored that the Governor asked our President and CEO, David Thornburgh to, chair this important group.

November 08, 2018

Philadelphia City Commissioner Offices on Ballot in 2019

Better Philadelphia Elections Agenda to be Released Next Year

October 30, 2018

Committee of Seventy Prepares for Election Day

PHILADELPHIA, PA – With polls opening Tuesday, November 6, the Committee of Seventy’s nonpartisan Voter Guide and Election Programs are ready to engage voters and improve the voting experience in the Philadelphia area. This year, Seventy is excited to include its WeVote app in the resources voters can leverage to make informed decisions at the polls.

October 11, 2018

Committee of Seventy Launches WeVote Initiative

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Committee of Seventy, the nonpartisan civic leadership organization, announces the launch of WeVote, an initiative to promote a culture voting in the Greater Philadelphia region through engaging businesses, organizations, and communities and leveraging a new mobile app by MilkCrate.

September 17, 2018

Draw the Lines Project Launch

Draw the Lines PA (DTL) is barnstorming the state this fall to launch its three-year initiative to inform and engage Pennsylvanians around gerrymandering and democratic reform.

September 07, 2018

Committee of Seventy Names Six Buchholz Fellows

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Committee of Seventy announced today the selection of its second cohort of Buchholz Fellows, six promising young Philadelphians who will spend a year as members of the Board of the century-old good government group.

August 28, 2018

Seventy welcomes student and educators back to school this week

The Committee of Seventy welcomes back to school this week students and educators across the City and the Commonwealth.

August 17, 2018

Seventy Supports a Free Press

The Committee of Seventy--one of the nation’s oldest political reform organizations--stands this week with editorial boards and commentators around the country in expressing deep concern about attacks on journalism and journalists, and applauds any and all efforts to push back on attempts to limit a free and independent news media.

June 29, 2018

Committee of Seventy Statement on Campaign for Redistricting Reform

Seventy deplores Harrisburg’s cynical, partisan inaction; urges frustrated voters not to give up on the fight for a better way

May 26, 2018

Seventy's Statement on Gov. Wolf's 21st Century Voting Reform Plan for PA

The Committee of Seventy welcomes Governor Wolf’s support of several proposals that would help ensure representative and accountable government in Pennsylvania. Campaign finance and redistricting reform, in particular, are urgently needed to prevent special interests from exerting undue influence on the political process and to begin rebuilding trust in our democracy.

May 22, 2018

Committee of Seventy Statement on SB 22 Amendment

The Committee of Seventy applauds Senate State Government Committee Chairs Mike Folmer (R-Lebanon) and Anthony Williams (D-Philadelphia) and their Senate State Government Committee colleagues for voting to approve today a compromise proposal that improves the redistricting process in Pennsylvania.

May 03, 2018

In Support of the Proposed Amendment to the Home Rule Charter Educational Supplement

What is the amendment about? City voters will decide on May 15 whether the so-called Educational Supplement to the Home Rule Charter dealing with the public school system will be amended in various parts. These changes would impact the nomination, appointment and removal process for Board of Education members and create a Parent and Community Advisory Council charged with “consult[ing] on issues pertaining to educational policy and family and community engagement in schools.”

May 03, 2018

Seventy Announces Release of 2018 Primary Election Resources

COMMITTEE OF SEVENTY ELECTION PROGRAM SET FOR MAY 15 PRIMARY ELECTION | Nonpartisan Voter Guide Expanded to All Five Counties

April 24, 2018

Senate State Government Committee Testimony on Redistricting Reform

Written Testimony on Redistricting Reform | Senate State Government Committee

April 11, 2018

Statement on HB 722 Amendment

Trust in government is at all-time lows. As polls have made clear, voters’ concern over the health of our democracy spans both the political spectrum and the Commonwealth.

March 27, 2018

Senate State Government Committee Testimony on Redistricting Reform

Written Testimony on Redistricting Reform | Senate State Government Committee

March 22, 2018

Seventy's Statement on the Supreme Court's Redistricting Case Dismissal

The Committee of Seventy is gratified that the federal judiciary has let stand the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling tossing out the state’s 2011 congressional map.

March 12, 2018

Seventy's Statement on Governor Wolf's Citizens First Ethics Plan

Governor Wolf’s statement of support for sweeping ethics and campaign finance reform is welcomed. If advanced, this move at long last could finally bring Pennsylvania’s transparency and accountability laws in line with other states.

February 28, 2018

Testimony on Philadelphia Tax Policy

by David Thornburgh, President and CEO, Committee of Seventy | Philadelphia City Council, Committee on Legislative Oversight

February 20, 2018

Seventy's Statement on the PA Supreme Court's Remedial Map

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling tossing out the state’s 2011 congressional map was a welcome statement that gerrymandering can become so blatantly partisan and excessive that it violates the state Constitution.

January 22, 2018

Committee of Seventy Statement on PA Supreme Court Decision

Fair, orderly, transparent and voter-driven process needed to draw political maps

December 04, 2017

Testimony on Proposed Fiscal Impact Statement Amendment

Philadelphia City Council | Finance Committee | Bill No. 170719

October 24, 2017

Testimony on Public Financing of Political Campaigns

by David Thornburgh, President and CEO | Testimony on Bill 170680 | Public Financing of Political Campaigns

September 14, 2017

Campaign for Election Reform and Modernization Will Continue Despite Commonwealth Court Decision

Better Government Advocates Press Need to Reform City Commissioners Office

September 07, 2017

Committee of Seventy Names Five Buchholz Fellows

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Committee of Seventy announced today the selection of five inaugural Buchholz Fellows, promising young Philadelphians who will spend a year as Board members of the century-old good government group.

June 05, 2017

Keystone Votes Coalition Report Indicates Thousands of Lost or Late Voter Registration Records in 2016

17,000 late processed applications found in Philadelphia alone

May 15, 2017

Committee of Seventy Election Program Set for May 16 Primary Election

New Ballot Tool added to portfolio of election projects

May 03, 2017

Committee of Seventy Supports Best Value Procurement Amendment

Voters have the opportunity to approve the proposal on May 16

April 27, 2017

BallotReady and Committee of Seventy to Pilot New Voter Tool for Philadelphia Elections in 2017

BallotReady’s New CivicEngine helps prepare voters for Election Day

March 27, 2017

Voting Rights Advocates File Suit to Ensure Accountability in May Primary

Philadelphia, Pa. – Philadelphia 3.0, the Committee of Seventy and several candidates for elected office today filed a lawsuit asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to direct the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas to replace Philadelphia’s City Commissioners with interim election officials for the May 2017 primary. The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys from the Public Interest Law Center and private counsel.

January 11, 2017

Committee of Seventy Board Elects Bret S. Perkins Chairman

(PHILADELPHIA, PA) The Committee of Seventy Board of Directors has elected Bret S. Perkins as Chairman. Mr. Perkins, who is Vice President of External & Government Affairs at Comcast Corporation, succeeds Dr. Stephen S. Tang CEO of the University City Science Center.

December 05, 2016

C70's Voter Experience Survey: Generally OK, but some long lines and inappropriate requests for voter ID

NOVEMBER 2016 VOTER EXPERIENCE SURVEY: GENERALLY OK, BUT SOME LONG LINES AND INAPPROPRIATE REQUESTS FOR VOTER IDENTIFICATION

November 04, 2016

Committee of Seventy's “Voices of Voting” Returns for One-Day Election Run

VOICES OF VOTING addresses youth voting rights and advocacy, Four Performances at University City’s Enterprise Center on November 7.

August 16, 2016

Written Comments on Redistricting Submitted to House State Government Committee

House State Government Committee Informational Meeting | Written Comments on Redistricting

July 29, 2016

Philadelphians Trust Hillary Clinton Three Times as Often as They Do Donald Trump

(Philadelphia, PA, July 29, 2016): The Committee of Seventy, Philadelphia’s nonpartisan advocate for better government, and the Temple Institute for Survey Research released the results of a survey of Philadelphians today that found that they trust Hillary Clinton 53.8% of the time and Donald Trump only 14% of the time.

May 04, 2016

Broad Based Coalition Calls for City Council to Create a new Department of Elections

To be administered by Election Director appointed by the Mayor with oversight by appointed, bipartisan Philadelphia Board of Elections

April 19, 2016

What Apathetic Young Voters? Committee of Seventy’s High School Election Ambassador Program Grows by 50%

(Philadelphia, PA) More than 950 high-school students from 22 high schools in Philadelphia and Montgomery County are participating in Committee of Seventy’s expanded Election Ambassador Corps trainings this spring. That’s more than a 50% increase from the number who participated last fall. The students prepared to serve as Election Ambassadors more than 1,000 polling places near their homes on Pennsylvania’s Primary Day, April 26.

March 02, 2016

Committee of Seventy Launches Podcast Hosted by Chris Satullo

Titled 20 by Seventy, the monthly digital product will advance Seventy’s mission to make Philadelphia a more efficient, effective, and ethical city

January 22, 2016

Committee of Seventy Calls for an End to Elected City Commissioners

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 21, 2016) – Committee of Seventy CEO David Thornburgh today released the following statement:

November 09, 2015

Committee of Seventy and Crowdpac Ballot Tool Drives Increased Engagement in 2015 Municipal Election

Collaboration's success prepares platform for impact in 2016 Philadelphia primary

November 02, 2015

Philadelphia District Attorney's Election Fraud Task Force Is Prepared For Tomorrow's General Election

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 2, 2015) - Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today reminded voters to call the District Attorney’s Election Fraud Task Force if they experience any difficulty casting their ballot. The office’s hotline numbers are 215-686-9641,9643 or 9644. And, while joined by President and CEO of the Committee of Seventy David Thornburgh, he reminded all Philadelphians that they need to vote tomorrow.

October 06, 2015

Seventy, Philadelphia 3.0, 5th Square and Philly Set Go submit records request for information about City Commissioner Clark

PHILADELPHIA- Four civic leadership organizations committed to fair elections and good governance filed requests for information about City Commissioner Anthony Clark on Tuesday.

September 29, 2015

Committee of Seventy and Crowdpac Announce Philadelphia Election Collaboration

Seventy to provide research and oversight to bolster local candidate information

May 29, 2015

Testimony on Proposed Campaign Finance Disclosure Rules

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Law and Government | Bill No. 150368

February 09, 2015

Committee of Seventy Releases 2015 Integrity Agenda For Mayoral and City Council Candidates

City’s Progress on Ethics and Campaign Finance Must Continue

October 28, 2014

NON-PARTISAN VOLUNTEERS READY TO HELP VOTERS ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

WHAT: The Committee of Seventy has recruited and trained 150 non-partisan volunteers to help Pennsylvania voters on November 4, 2014. Representatives of the media are urged to remind Philadelphians with questions about voting, or who experience problems at the polls, to call Seventy’s NEW dedicated elections hotline at 1-855-SEVENTY (1-855-738-3689).

October 27, 2014

Killing PGW Deal Cowardly and an Affront to City Taxpayers

PHILADELPHIA – October 27, 2014 – The Committee of Seventy called Philadelphia City Council’s unilateral decision today to kill a proposed $1.86 billion sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works without a public hearing an affront to the taxpayers of Philadelphia.

October 24, 2014

City Council's Stonewalling on PGW Proposal “Reprehensible”

PHILADELPHIA – October 24, 2014 – The Committee of Seventy today accused Philadelphia City Council of stonewalling to kill the proposed $1.86 billion sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works.

October 22, 2014

Committee of Seventy Names David B. Thornburgh as New CEO

PHILADELPHIA – October 22, 2014 – The Committee of Seventy has named David B. Thornburgh as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors announced Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Thornburgh assumes the position vacated by Zack Stalberg who retired in July. He will officially join the Committee of Seventy in December 2014.

October 09, 2014

Seventy Urges City Commissioner Anthony Clark Not to Seek Reelection in 2015

Says Failure to Vote for Three Years is Astonishing

October 07, 2014

City Taxpayers Deserve Permanent Inspector General

Watchdog says OIG should have oversight over all city government

September 17, 2014

Testimony on Proposed Regulation No. 1

Philadelphia Board of Ethics

September 02, 2014

SEVENTY LAUNCHES NEW 1-855-SEVENTY HOTLINE

Will Offer Year-Round Customer Service on Elections and Voting

July 31, 2014

Seventy Urges Permanent City Police Advisory Commission

Says Current PAC Should be Disbanded

June 24, 2014

Ellen Mattleman Kaplan To Become Seventy’s Interim President and CEO

PHILADELPHIA – June 26, 2014 – Ellen Mattleman Kaplan has been named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia-based independent watchdog organization.

June 18, 2014

Testimony on Proposed Charter Amendment to Abolish the School Reform Commission

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Law and Government | Bill No. 140514; Resolution No. 140527

June 18, 2014

Testimony on Proposed Gifts Ordinance

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Law and Government

June 10, 2014

Seventy Calls Immediate Public Hearing on PGW Sale “Imperative”

Says Council’s Inaction Could Jeopardize Approval of Five-Year Plan

June 03, 2014

Committee of Seventy's Zack Stalberg leaving Seventy and Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – June 3, 2014 – The Committee of Seventy today announced the retirement of its President and CEO, Zack Stalberg.

May 19, 2014

SEVENTY URGES PUBLIC HEARING ON PGW SALE

Says Council Shouldn’t Wait for Consultant’s Report

May 06, 2014

Make Sure You're Ready to Vote on May 20, Says Seventy

Encourages Voters with Questions to Call 1-866-OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) Hotline

April 28, 2014

Testimony on the Publication of Notices on Phila.Gov

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Law and Government | Bill No. 140031

April 28, 2014

Testimony on Proposed Prisons Charter Amendment

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Law and Government | Bill Nos. 140014 and 140015; Resolution No. 140035

April 28, 2014

Testimony on Gifts Rules in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Senate State Government Committee

April 02, 2014

Campaign Contribution Limits to City Candidates Preserved: U.S. Supreme Court’s campaign finance ruling has no local impact

PHILADELPHIA – January 23, 2014 –The Committee of Seventy expressed relief that a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued today does not impact caps on contributions to most candidates elected by Philadelphia voters.

March 17, 2014

Seventy Urges Probe by Independent Counsel of Sting Operation and Dismissal

PHILADELPHIA – March 17, 2014 –The Committee of Seventy today urged the Pennsylvania General Assembly to quickly allow for the creation of an independent counsel to conduct a fair and non-partisan investigation into a dismissed three-year sting operation that allegedly captured on tape four state Representatives taking money from an undercover informant. The operation, which also involved a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge accepting a bracelet, was reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday.

February 06, 2014

Testimony submitted to the National Commission on Voting Rights

Testimony submitted to the National Commission on Voting Rights

January 23, 2014

Seventy Urges No Appeal of Ruling Striking Down PA’s Voter ID Law

Says PA should comply with spirit of bi-partisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s report by making voting easier

November 22, 2013

Testimony on Proposed Charter Amendment to Eliminate Resign to Run for Elected Officials

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Law and Government

November 20, 2013

Testimony on Proposed Regulation No. 10

Philadelphia Board of Ethics

October 28, 2013

Testimony on Land Bank Legislation

Philadelphia City Council | Committee on Public Property and Public Works

September 04, 2013

Testimony submitted to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

Testimony submitted to the Presidential Commission on Election Administration

June 07, 2012

Public Comment on Resolution No. 120539

Public Comment on Resolution No. 120539

February 02, 2012

Testimony on Statewide Campaign Finance Reform Presented to the Senate Democratic Policy Committee

Presented to the State Democratic Policy Committee