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Election Day: What you need to know

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. If you need help or have questions at the polls, or witness any voter harassment or intimidation, call the national Election Protection hotline, 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683). We are proud to be part of the coalition of organizations across the country staffing this resource for voters, led by the Lawyers’ Committee […]

Pennsylvania Elections: What you need to know about voting by mail

As Election Day approaches, your options to cast your ballot are becoming clearer. As always, you can choose to vote in person. Mail-in voting is also easy and secure. And, on September 17, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania cleared up many of the most pressing questions about voting by mail, when it ruled on five election-related issues in Pennsylvania Democratic Party v. Boockvar. A breakdown of the ruling, and what it means for voters, is below.

Our take: Extending Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline will get more people to the ballot box

Any change to the voter-registration process of course requires adjustment. However, we at the Public Interest Law Center feel that our election officials’ top priority should be making voting easy for as many voters as possible. Moving the registration deadline closer to Election Day, as we have advocated for many years, will go a long way toward that goal.

Our statement on the report of the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission

The new report of the Pennsylvania Redistricting Reform Commission makes thoughtful, constructive proposals for changing the way Pennsylvania draws district lines. The Public Interest Law Center believes the report provides an excellent road map for much-needed reform.

Statement of the Public Interest Law Center on Governor Wolf’s Voting Reform Plan for Pennsylvania

Governor Wolf announced comprehensive voting rights reform proposals that would modernize Pennsylvania’s election system, bringing the Commonwealth into step with the rest of the nation.

Straight Talk on Crooked Lines: Gerrymandering CLE Video

On September 28, 2017, we hosted a CLE seminar: Straight Talk on Crooked Lines – The Impact of Gerrymandering on the Democratic Process. Watch a video of that seminar.

US Supreme Court Hears Gill v. Whitford

Gill v. Whitford oral argument transcript

Proposed 2020 Census Residence Rule and Residence Situations

The Census Bureau submitted a proposal to continue counting incarcerated people at the particular facility that they happen to be located at on Census Day. If made final, this proposal will mean another decade of decisions in many states based on a Census that counts incarcerated people in the wrong place.

Pennsylvania Joins Electronic Registration Information Center

The State of Pennsylvania issued a press release announcing their membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a sophisticated data matching service founded in 2012 by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The Law Center Participates in the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia is proud to be a part of the Pennsylvania Voter ID Coalition, a non partisan campaign of nearly eighty organizations and advocacy groups which seeks to educate voters about the state’s new voter ID requirements.