Leading state, local, and national advocacy and community organizations joined together to launch Keystone Votes – The Coalition for Modern Elections. This nonpartisan coalition will serve as the vehicle for their coordinated public education and advocacy campaign to update Pennsylvania’s election system.
“For many Pennsylvania voters, our elections work well,” said Susan Carty, board president for the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania. “But low voter turnout compels us to look for ways to update our election system to make it work better.” Pennsylvania ranked 29th nationally in voter participation in the 2012 election. In the general election held earlier this month, fewer than 25 percent of registered voters participated in picking mayors, county commissioners, judges and other leaders of our state. “The judges and Justices elected two weeks ago will play a critical role in deciding issues that affect all of us for years to come, including our schools, our systems of justice and our lives,” said Karen Buck, executive director of SeniorLAW Center. “The fact that these leaders were chosen by just a quarter of our electorate underscores the need to update our election system to find ways to enable greater voter participation and reflect how we, the voters, live today.”
Read full press release HERE.
Learn more at www.keystonevotes.com
Read Pittsburgh Post Gazette coverage HERE.