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Election Laws Review and Update

Election Laws Review and Update - 2017

Election Law Study Revised Schedule

The members of our Study committee continue our review of the Pennsylvania Election Laws.

With various court cases about voter registration, early voting, etc. making their way through the courts in the last few years, we want to consider what rules may need change here in Pennsylvania.

The Bucks County league held a consensus meeting on Registration and Election Day Procedures in February 2017.

The deadline for consensus on the second segment of the study covering Alternative Election Systems and Primaries has been extended to Apri1 1, 2018.

A second consensus meeting will be held on Alternative Election Systems include General, Single-winner, and Multiple-winner Elections. Each of these systems have pros and cons which will be presented and discussed. There are six options being considered in the study of Primary Elections: closed primaries, open primaries, semi-open primaries, semi-closed primaries, top two primaries and top four primaries. Again, there are pluses and minuses to each of these options.

The State League has prepared extensive materials which the study committee will present to our members. Those who wish to read the materials in advance the following information is available:

Study Guide

Consensus questions (pp 3-7)

The complete thought-provoking study materials are available.

We urge members to review the materials pertaining to each segment and prepare for discussions on the questions ahead of the consensus meeting.

Connie Borichevsky, Study Committee Chair