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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 3, 2012 09:49 AM
From: Senator Dominic Pileggi
To: All Senate members
Subject: Legislation Regarding Requirements for Circulators of Petitions for the Office of School Director
I plan to reintroduce legislation which would remove the requirement that a circulator of a nomination petition for a candidate for the office of school director or magisterial district judge be a member of the political party designated on the nomination petition.

Currently, the Election Code requires the circulator of a nomination petition to sign an affidavit setting forth that he or she is a qualified elector duly registered and enrolled as a member of the designated party or the political district. However, candidates for the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia Municipal Court, the Traffic Court of Philadelphia, or magisterial district judge are exempt from this requirement because they are permitted to cross-file to have their names placed on the ballot of both political parties in a municipal primary.

Candidates for the office of school director are also permitted to cross-file – but are not exempt from the circulator provision. My legislation would correct this inconsistency. It would also make the technical change from “justice of the peace” to “magisterial district judge.”

This legislation will be similar to Senate Bill 271 (printer’s number 248) from the 2011-12 legislative session.

Introduced as SB255