Category Archives: Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is leading the charge to reenact Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act

By: Ebony Thomas From slavery to Jim Crow, America has a long, dark history in the treatment of its African American citizenry.  Although Congress ratified changes to the United States Constitution three times to benefit African Americans (i.e., the 13th … Continue reading

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Black Votes Matter: Pennsylvania’s Impressive History of Access to the Franchise

By: Ebony Thomas Today, Pennsylvania’s voting laws are among the least restrictive of any state in granting its citizens access to the ballot. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that supports the voting rights of people with past felony … Continue reading

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PA: The Constitutionality of Poll Watching in Someone Else’s County

By: Melissa Rivera As the November 8 presidential election is swiftly approaching, concerns by some of election fraud are rampant. Especially in Philadelphia, some are concerned that this traditionally blue city will experience voter fraud. In an effort to curb … Continue reading

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PA: The Language of Amending

By: Melissa Rivera Imagine walking into the voting booth and reading these words: “Should judges be required to retire on the last day of the year they turn 75 years old?” How would you answer? Would the answer depend upon … Continue reading

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Why leave room for foul play? The 10-Foot Requirement

By Lance Woods: Pennsylvania’s decision to continue to keep the press from entering polling stations draws an arbitrary line and leaves room for foul play by ensuring that the voting process is not as transparent as possible.

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Pennsylvania: Mediocre Student

By Adama Sirleaf A new report by Common Cause, found that Pennsylvania is having mixed results in applying the recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration. Alternatively, as WITF stated, “Pennsylvania is a mediocre student when it comes to … Continue reading

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Pennsylvania Ballot Access Cost to Third Parties

By Adama Sirleaf Pennsylvania’s ballot access process is one of the most hotly-contested in the country. On July 9, 2014, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Constitution, Green, and Libertarian Parties of Pennsylvania did have standing to … Continue reading

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Educating Voters on a Law in Limbo: An Update on the Pennsylvania Voter ID Law

By Joshua Bohn  Due to a preliminary injunction on Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law arising from Applewhite et al. v. Commonwealth, the 2013 Pennsylvania off-year general election occurred without being subject to the requirements of the law. As of this date, … Continue reading

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An Extended Vacation for Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law

by Joshua Bohn, Contributor On August 16, 2013, Pennsylvania Judge Bernard McGinley issued a preliminary injunction to block Pennsylvania’s Voter ID Law from affecting Pennsylvania elections in November. This preliminary injunction was the result of a lawsuit, Applewhite v. Commonwealth. … Continue reading

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The Battleground 2012: ID Required to Vote! No Scratch That, Not Until Next Year

by Jenna Poligo On October 2, 2012 Judge Robert Simpson issued a preliminary injunction prohibiting the enforcement of Pennsylvania’s photo identification requirement for the upcoming election.  Judge Simpson, however, required the state to continue its 5 million dollar voter education … Continue reading

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