|Posted:||August 14, 2017 03:21 PM|
|From:||Representative Christopher M. Rabb|
|To:||All House members|
|Subject:||Special Election Reform - Candidacy and Political Party Requirements|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation amending the Pennsylvania Election Code (P.L.1333, No.320), establishing consistency across the Commonwealth for candidates and political parties in special elections.
Under current law, a candidate for a special election is nominated by a process in accordance with their respective political party rules. Unfortunately, such time-sensitive processes often discourage broad participation from prospective candidates or timely voter education about the process for, or selection of, party nominees for special elections in the aftermath of a state lawmaker leaving office prematurely.
To remedy this issue, my proposal will establish transparency and public integrity in the special election process for senators and representatives in the General Assembly. First, individuals interested in becoming a candidate in a special election would be required to do the following:
I believe that special elections have left habitual voters out of the process. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we address the injustice in this process. Your consideration and co-sponsorship are encouraged and appreciated.
Introduced as HB1758