HD-197: Supreme Court Keeps Democratic Candidate Off the Ballot
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania confirmed the Commonwealth Court’s ruling that the Democratic candidate, Emilio Vasquez will not appear on the ballot in the special election for the 197th House district. Republican Lucinda Little will be the only candidate on the ballot.
In a per curiam ruling, the Supreme Court affirmed the ruling of Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey. Democratic Party officials have already said they are prepared to run a write-in campaign for the seat.
Despite the ruling the Democrats have an 85% to 5% registration in the district which will help – especially in a special election.
Special elections often come down to organization within the district to get voters to the poll.
“[Little] may think that the Presidential election is ‘not relevant’ to the voters of the 197th but, in a district where Trump’s GOP received less that 5% of the vote just a few months ago, she may be the only person in the district to hold that opinion,” HDCC Executive Director Nathan Davidson said in an email.
Update: “The Pennsylvania Supreme Court made the correct decision to ensure a fair electoral process in the Special Election for the 197th District. It is unfortunate that in a district of 60,000 people we were the only party that cared enough to field a reputable candidate who actually lives in her district,” Philadelphia Republican Party Chairman Joe DeFelice said in an email.