The Committee of Seventy, Pennsylvania’s long standing nonpartisan advocate for better government, announced today that David Thornburgh, Seventy’s CEO since December 2014, will step aside as CEO in January 2022. Read More...

Filed under: press release

The Committee of Seventy applauds the initial steps announced yesterday by House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, House State Government Committee Chair Seth Grove, and Representative Wendi Thomas in moving towards an open, transparent, and participatory congressional redistricting process. Read More...

Filed under: testimony, press release

We are deeply troubled by the letters sent by Senator Doug Mastriano to three of Pennsylvania's 67 counties demanding access to a laundry list of election materials and records. This purported effort to restore faith in the 2020 General Election and 2021 Primary Election constitutes an outrageous abuse of power and a waste of already stretched time and resources for the targeted counties. Read More...

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The Committee of Seventy opposed House Bill 1300, and we are relieved that the sprawling overhaul measure will not become law; but the status quo remains unacceptable. Read More...

Filed under: press release

The Committee of Seventy strongly opposes Senate Bill 735, passed today along party lines in the Senate, proposing to enshrine a voter identification requirement in the Pennsylvania Constitution. Read More...

Filed under: press release

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...

Filed under: press release

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...

Filed under: press release

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...

Filed under: press release

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...

Filed under: press release

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...

Filed under: press release, testimony

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...

Filed under: press release

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

Filed under: testimony, press release

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