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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 18, 2023 03:28 PM
From: Representative Keith J. Greiner
To: All House members
Subject: Legislation for an Earlier Presidential Primary Date in Pennsylvania
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation that I have been working on for several sessions 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.

Introduced as HB51