Voting Rights & Election Law Policy Center

 The Issue       

It took more than two months after the 2003 general election, before Pennsylvania voters learned who won the last open seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. In the closest statewide election since the Civil War, the final result depended upon the resolution of court challenges and recount requests. Post-election maneuvering by both political parties revealed a number of weaknesses in the current state election law. As a result, JSPAN announced its blue-ribbon effort to reform the state law.


The Election Law Policy Center is chaired by board member Ruth Damsker. The bipartisan effort of this policy center has been advised by Mark Aronchick, a Philadelphia Democrat, who formerly served as Philadelphia City Solicitor. Additional adisers have been Cliff Levine, an attorney from Pittsburgh, and Sam Katz, the former Republican mayoral candidate from Philadelphia.

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