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Fri Jun 14, 2019, 08:10 AM

No, Pennsylvania Supreme Court says, candidates can't be nominated by multiple parties

In a setback for potential third party candidates, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld the state’s ban on allowing multiple political parties to nominate the same candidate in an election, a practice known as “fusion.”

In issuing its ruling Wednesday, the court said that third-party voters remain able to support their candidates and that overturning the ban would create problems for the Department of State in determining which groups count as political parties under state law.

State Rep. Chris Rabb, a Democrat from Philadelphia, brought the challenge in 2017 with the Working Families Party and two independent voters after the department rejected their attempt to give Rabb the WFP nomination after he had already won the Democratic primary.

They argued that electoral fusion — also known as fusion voting or ballot fusion — ought to be permitted equally by all candidates or parties. It’s allowed at the local level in Pennsylvania, and is not uncommon in practice at the state level when a candidate wins both the Democratic and Republican primaries: one as a candidate on the ballot and the other as a write-in.

Read more: https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/pa-electoral-fusion-voting-case-20190606.html

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