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Poll Shows Pennsylvanians Favor Judicial Merit Selection

In partnership with PMC and PMCAction, Justice at Stake, the American Judicature Society and a diverse coalition of civic, business, religious and legal groups, CED is  advocating for a constitutional amendment to change the way Pennsylvania selects its appellate court judges.

Governor Ed Rendell

On June 9th, 2010 CED joined its coalition partners for a press conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to discuss the findings of a recent poll. Governor Ed Rendell gave opening remarks and took questions showing his support for this bipartisan legislation. Former Governors Schweiker and Ridge participated by conference call.

The poll found that 62 percent of respondents favor replacing the current system with merit selection, 53 percent believe that Pennsylvania’s system of selecting judges in statewide elections is broken and needs to be fixed. 93 percent want the opportunity to vote on whether Pennsylvania should change the way we select appellate court judges.