Jay Paterno Ballot Status to be Determined in Commonwealth Court on March 31

Jay Paterno, a leading Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor, will face a petition challenge on March 31 in Commonwealth Court. He needs 1,000 valid signatures to get on the May 20 primary ballot, and the law also requires 100 signatures from each of five counties. The county distribution requirement should have been declared unconstitutional long ago, because in 1969 the U.S. Supreme Court said they violate “one person, one vote”, because counties have different populations.

Paterno only submitted 1,117 signatures, so chances are high that even without considering the county distribution requirement, he likely does not have 1,000 valid signatures, although it is possible. See this story.

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