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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 2, 2014 12:08 PM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Special Elections
In the near future, I intend to re-introduce legislation that amends the state Election Code to require any election to fill a vacant seat within the Pennsylvania House of Representatives or Senate to be held in conjunction with the next regularly scheduled general or primary election day.

Special elections generally experience lower voter participation than designated general or primary elections. My legislation would no longer allow for special elections that are replete with low turnout as well as added and excessive costs to the citizens of our Commonwealth. Taxpayer dollars that are spent on special elections could be saved or reallocated more wisely.

I invite you to join me as a co-sponsor. This is a reintroduction of SB 362 from the previous legislative session. Co-sponsors included: COSTA, WILLIAMS, TARTAGLIONE, FONTANA, STACK, TEPLITZ, FARNESE, BREWSTER, WOZNIAK, SMITH, and EICHELBERGER.

Introduced as SB89