Forever Lebanon Valley

Commissioners Fear PA Could Need 2 Primary Elections

Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz holds a sign she made describing the VOTE public awareness campaign from CCAP.

A public awareness initiative from CCAP, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, is being supported by officials in Lebanon County.

Wednesday during their workshop session, the Board of Commissioners discussed the issue that brought about the need to raise awareness.

CCAP filed a “Friend of the Court” brief on Monday to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court asking the justices to expedite their decision regarding the constitutionality of the redrawn legislative maps for the state house and senate. The maps are being challenged by Republicans in Harrisburg.

CCAP believes there’s a possibility that a drawn out decision could necessitate counties putting on two primary elections this year.

Commissioner Jo Ellen Litz, a past president of CCAP, says there’s a multitude of reasons why two primaries would not be acceptable:

Litz helped coin an acronym that sums up CCAP’s position on this issue: VOTE.

She says counties are the “V” — Voice of elections. They want “O” — One primary, “T” — Timely election calendar deadlines, and “E” — Election integrity:

Monday was the deadline for any legal challenges to be filed against the legislative maps. The Supreme Court has not indicated when it will issue a decision.