The House State Government Committee decided this morning to pass an amendment gutting a redistricting reform bill that had attracted 109 co-sponsors—more than half of the House. This hastily called meeting, featuring no public comment and on a straight party-line vote, was a case study in what’s gone deeply wrong in Harrisburg. Read More...

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The court’s ruling provides a necessary foundation for that work of reform, but it is far from sufficient. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy is delighted that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court today confirmed what the state’s voters sense whenever they enter the booth to cast votes for Congress: Pennsylvania’s gerrymandered congressional map is rigged to deny them fair, meaningful ballot choices. Read More...

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The Commonwealth Court ruled this week that Philadelphia’s City Commissioners are not required by state law to be replaced when proposed amendments to the Home Rule Charter are on the ballot, leaving the door open to major conflicts of interest in election oversight. Read More...

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Seventy has announced 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. Read More...

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A new report released by Keystone Votes, a nonpartisan coalition of 39 organizations, has found evidence of widespread problems in the processing of voter registration (VR) applications across the Commonwealth in 2016 and especially in Philadelphia County. Read More...

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With polls opening Tuesday, May 16, the Committee of Seventy is urging voters who reliably turnout in off-year elections to lean on their friends, family and co-workers to vote tomorrow. A new Ballot Tool, powered by BallotReady’s CivicEngine, is the newest addition to Seventy’s longstanding and nonpartisan Election Program. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy today announced its support of the May 16 ballot question that, if approved, would amend the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter to allow certain city contracts to be awarded through a “best value” process instead of to the “lowest responsible bidder.”  Read More...

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​ “BallotReady is proud to be partnering with Committee of Seventy with a new tool, CivicEngine to help inform and mobilize voters to vote - and vote informed - on their entire ballot,” Niemczewski said. Read More...

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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. Read More...

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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. Read More...

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Seventy's November 2016 Voter Experience Survey recieved nearly 1,700 responses from the Philadelphia area. Hundreds of voters reported wait times longer than 30 minutes and inappropriate requests for identification before being allowed to vote. Read More...

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