|Posted:||December 21, 2016 10:09 AM|
|From:||Representative Scott Conklin|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Allowing Registered Independent Electors to Vote in Primary Elections for Municipal Candidates (Former HB575)|
|In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation which would permit electors that are not registered with either party (Democrat or Republican) to vote in a primary election for certain judges and municipal candidates. Specifically, I am re-introducing House Bill 575 of the 2015-16 Legislative Session.
This legislation amends the Pennsylvania Election Code for the purpose of allowing an elector who is not a member of either party, Democrat or Republican, to vote in a primary election for any of the following municipal candidates: judge of a court of common pleas, the Philadelphia Municipal Court or the Traffic Court of Philadelphia, or for the office of school director or magisterial district judge in a district where that office is elective. However, in order to vote, the elector must choose a party on the ballot.
My legislation will provide electors, who are registered as Independents, the opportunity to choose a party for the primary election and vote for municipal candidates. I believe that every qualified American, regardless of his/her party affiliation, has the right to vote in primary elections for municipal candidates.
Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation.
Previous Cosponsors: COHEN, DAVIS, LONGIETTI, McNEILL, MOUL, PASHINSKI AND THOMAS
Introduced as HB1726