The Committee of Seventy was established to improve the voting process, combat corruption, and engage citizens in the democratic process. We are the only independent, nonpartisan organization in the region pursuing these goals — and the oldest and largest in Pennsylvania.
We advocate for policies that protect the integrity of voters and the elections. Our Democracy Agenda outlines policy recommendations for our next mayor and City Council to ensure a more representative, ethical, and accountable city government.
Our Poll Worker Recruitment and Training Program works to ensure there are enough trained poll workers across the Commonwealth. Through our outreach initiatives this year, we recruited more than 1000 poll workers directly through our work and thousands more through partnerships with Power to the Polls and the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania.
America doesn’t work if people can’t vote. Seventy has been a champion of voters since our inception. Whether we’re preparing voters for changes to election laws such as the Voter ID Coalition in 2011 and mail-in voting in 2020, or overhauling the way Philly runs their elections after widespread disenfranchisement in 2012 — we are, and forever will be, on the side of the voter.
We organize high-power events to encourage voting. In 2022, we hosted National Voter Registration Day, National Vote Early Day, and Party at the Polls celebrations to get out the vote in all corners of Philadelphia.
We saw tremendous growth in our WeVote program in 2022 as we expanded the program statewide. Our program now includes over 100 partner organizations, reaching well over 1000 different businesses, organizations, and community groups across Pennsylvania.