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Bucks County Community College to Host Panel Discussion on Laws That Impact Voter Participation

Panelists, which include Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, former Congressman Jim Greenwood, Democratic strategist Danny Ceisler, and Ballot PA Chair David Thornburg, will discuss whether election reforms can empower “moderates.”

UPDATE: We originally reported that State Senator Maria Collett would participate in the panel. Unfortunately, Senator Collett had to drop out because of a personal matter. She commends the symposium’s organizers for their efforts to engage independent voters, particularly young people, and wishes them a successful event.

Bucks County Community College will host a panel discussion to examine the need for reforms to the state’s primary election laws at its lower Bucks County campus Friday at noon.

Unlike registered Democrats and Republicans, Pennsylvania law excludes registered Independents and unaffiliated voters from participating in the state’s primary elections despite all taxpayers, regardless of party affiliation, funding the cost of primaries.

The “Political Power Hour – Finding the Middle: A Tri-Partisan Symposium on Reforms to Empower Moderates and Independents,” will host a panel that includes Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, former Congressman Jim Greenwood, Democratic strategist Danny Ceisler, and Ballot PA Chair David Thornburg. The discussion will be moderated by William Pezza, a member of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Ballot PA is a growing coalition of civic, community, veteran, and business organizations committed to open and free elections in Pennsylvania that lead to responsive and accountable government.

Open to the public, the Bucks County Community College lower Bucks campus is located at 1304 Veterans Highway in Bristol, PA. The event will also be live-streamed via PCNTV.

Pennsylvania’s next primary election will be held on May 16.

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Jenny Stephens

Jenny Stephens is a freelance journalist who has written for a variety of publications, including The Reporter. An avid collector of all things vintage, she resides in the Philadelphia area.

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