Philadelphia Weekly has this investigative piece on Pennsylvania’s unconstitutional practice of requiring candidates to pay litigation costs following challenges to their nomination petitions. The piece quotes an open letter consumer advocate and former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader wrote to Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald Castille, which states, “The Jim Crow era ended in large part because the United States Supreme Court struck down such financial burdens in a series of landmark civil rights cases protecting candidate and voter rights. As the Supreme Court of the United States observed more than 40 years ago, in striking down Virginia’s poll tax, ‘It has long been established that a state may not impose a penalty upon those who exercise a right guaranteed by the Constitution.’” CCD legal counsel Oliver Hall is also quoted. Read the full piece here.
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