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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2018 02:06 PM
From: Representative Keith J. Greiner and Rep. Harry Readshaw
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation for an Earlier Presidential Primary Date in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that will change the date of Pennsylvania’s presidential primary from the fourth Tuesday of April to the third Tuesday of March.

The lateness of Pennsylvania’s presidential primary diminishes its significance for voters of both the Democratic and Republican parties. Pennsylvania’s presidential primary should have a significant impact on the process of selecting presidential candidates, to reflect our standing as “The Keystone State.”

Achieving this goal is accomplished simply by changing the date of Pennsylvania’s presidential primary.

By moving the primary to the third Tuesday in March, there is no loss of delegates for either party and our primaries will remain "winner-take-all" for both parties’ primary elections, as they have been historically been in the Commonwealth.

I hope you will join me in supporting this important legislation. Please contact Tierna Tuckey at
717-783-6422 or ttuckey@pahousegop.com with any questions.

Introduced as HB1183