Candidate's petition signatures invalidated because petition collector was not a district resident
Court/Assoc.: PA Supreme Court
Attorneys/Firms: Witold Walczak, Mary Catherine Roper (ACLU-PA)
In August 2010, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania appealed to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court a Commonwealth Court decision removing from the ballot Carl Stevenson, an independent candidate running for a state House seat in the 134th district (parts of Berks and Lehigh counties). Earlier this month a Commonwealth Court judge disqualified 97 of his petition signatures because they were obtained by someone who did not reside in the district. The statute requiring petition circulators to reside in the electoral district was declared unconstitutional by a federal court in 2002.
On October 4, 2010, the PA Supreme Court ordered that Stevenson be placed on the ballot.