As we continue to address this current crisis, and ask how we can make voting this election season accessible, safe, and accurate, we must also begin to ask, "What about those of us who can't vote at all?" It is incumbent upon us all to address that critical question in the months to come. Read More...

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The General Assembly passed and Governor Tom Wolf has signed Senate Bill 422, which will shift the primary election from April 28 to June 2 in order to keep voters and poll workers safe amid the escalating health crisis. Pennsylvania now joins a dozen other states that have moved their primary elections, including neighboring Delaware, Maryland and Ohio. Read More...

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We are in the midst of a public health crisis, and an economic crisis, that will test the country like nothing most of us have ever seen... Read More...

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Open Primaries PA, a statewide coalition committed to reforming the closed primary system in Pennsylvania, is calling attention to the stark contrast in voter access between today’s special election in West Philadelphia’s state House District 190 and the upcoming presidential primary on April 28. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy supports the legislation announced today by Sen. Anthony H. Williams and his colleagues that would bring additional transparency to the appointment of individuals to fill vacancies in Pennsylvania courts. Read More...

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​ City Council today passed Bill 190606-AA which includes a number of significant changes to the current system of vacant land sales that promise greater accessibility, transparency and fairness. Read More...

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Governor Tom Wolf signed into law today Election Code legislation, Senate Bill 421, that includes the most substantial improvements to the code since it was written in 1937. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy supports the election reform package – amended Senate Bill 421 – that was voted out of the State House Government Committee and promises several significant election upgrades for Pennsylvania voters. Read More...

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The controversy wrapped around the chosen system seems primed to continue, as does the leadership vacuum that has persisted throughout. Read More...

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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. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy applauds administration’s step 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. Read More...

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The State Senate approved with overwhelming bipartisan support today (42-8) a landmark bill that would allow 785,000 independent Pennsylvanians to vote in spring primary elections, a significant step forward in moving away from the Commonwealth’s closed primary system. Read More...

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Legislation that would allow 785,000 independent Pennsylvanians to vote in spring primary elections took another step forward today. Senate Bill 300, introduced by Senator Joe Scarnati earlier this year, was reported out of the Senate State Government Committee with bipartisan support. Read More...

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Calls for reforming Pennsylvania's primary system have continued to grow over the past year, with polls scheduled to open for another closed primary on Tuesday. A new statewide coalition, Open Primaries PA, launched last month to support legislation in the General Assembly that would allow the state’s nearly 800,000 independent voters to choose a party primary to vote in. Read More...

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A new statewide coalition -- Open Primaries PA -- launched today with the mission of opening Pennsylvania’s primary process to include independent voters across the Commonwealth. Read More...

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