Senator Dan Laughlin (R-Erie) today introduced legislation, SB690, that would significantly expand the franchise in Pennsylvania by allowing 900,000 independent voters to participate in either the Democratic or Republican primaries. Read More...

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Tomorrow on Election Day, May 18, Senator Dan Laughlin will introduce legislation to allow independent voters unaffiliated with any political party to participate in either the Democratic of Republican primary. The number of such independent voters is now nearly 900,000 and continues to grow steadily across Pennsylvania. Read More...

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This week is one of the darkest in American history. We hope the fever is breaking, but by no means is the health of our democracy secure. Only when our elected officials, at all levels of government, commit to seeking the truth, and to temper the passions of their constituents with that truth, will our democracy regain its health. Read More...

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Much of the debate around the conduct of the 2020 general election and its outcome has become entirely detached from reality. This is dangerous, and it has to stop. The reality is that election officials and poll workers across the Commonwealth heroically executed a presidential election amid new election law and voting systems, relentless litigation, uncertain funding, and a global pandemic. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy strongly recommends against rushing forward with House Resolution 1100, a measure that would create redundant efforts to evaluate and audit Pennsylvania elections while counties are still working to certify the results of the 2020 General Election. Read More...

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Never before have we seen a sitting President attack the very foundation of the government and democratic process he swore under oath to defend and protect. President Trump’s baseless and outrageous claims are un-American and defile the U.S. electoral process we’ve maintained for the past 240 years. Read More...

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This is the most consequential election in our lifetimes, and it demands patriotism and patience from all of us. Read More...

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The House State Government Committee today voted along partisan lines to advance a resolution creating a new Select Committee on Election Integrity to investigate the regulation and conduct of the 2020 general election. Amid an election year rife with fierce partisanship, it is essential that legislation and activities of our General Assembly be bipartisan and reform-focused. This resolution does not pass that test.. Read More...

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A new Franklin & Marshall College omnibus poll released today indicates that two-thirds of registered voters in Pennsylvania support open primaries in which all voters can vote for either Democratic or Republican candidates. Read More...

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Open Primaries PA will host a Virtual Advocacy Day on May 26 to highlight the closed presidential primary on June 2 that shuts out more than one million independent and third-party voters from casting ballots for candidates. Read More...

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Counties across Pennsylvania have announced plans for the June 2 primary election that involve hundreds of consolidated election precincts. The state's two most populous counties, Philadelphia and Allegheny, alone are shifting from the more than 2,100 polling places they open in a typical election to fewer than 500 Read More...

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the election landscape, preventing the spread of the virus poses an extraordinary challenge to state and local officials as they work to ensure that elections in 2020 are fair, safe, and secure. Read More...

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