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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 19, 2019 02:37 PM
From: Representative Matthew D. Dowling and Rep. Justin J. Simmons
To: All House members
Subject: Elimination of the Option to Cross File in All Elections
In the near future I plan on introducing legislation that will remove the ability for all candidates for public office to cross-file nomination petition. Currently, the Pennsylvania Election code of 1937 allows candidates seeking to run for school board, county court of common pleas, and for district judge to file nomination petitions for multiple political parties.

These positions were originally intended to be non-partisan in nature, but with the advent of money in politics and a hyper partisan political system, these positions have turned partisan. In addition, while voting, voters can get confused when a candidate is nominated for more than one party. This can leave them uncertain on which candidate truly aligns with their philosophical beliefs.

By eliminating cross-filing for all candidates, we can provide more clarity for our voters and better representation in those that hold these important positions. Please join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation.

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Introduced as HB1987