Reader Poll: Should PA Move to Off-Year Elections Like NJ?
It’s 2013, which means that it’s an uneventful election cycle for the citizens of Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, across the Delaware River, New Jerseyans have the opportunity to vote for a governor and state legislators (and, due to the death of Frank Lautenberg, a U.S. Senator).
The practice is decades old. In 1947, New Jersey Governor Alfred Driscoll testified that it was beneficial for his state to hold elections during an odd-numbered year.
“[T]he election for a Governor and for Assemblymen should not coincide with a Presidential election. The importance of a gubernatorial election merits an election that will not be overshadowed by a national contest for the Presidency. The problems confronting the State are frequently distinct from those confronting the nation.”
On the other hand, a gubernatorial vote removed from elections nationwide risks lowering turnout on Election Day, which threatens the legitimacy of the victor.
Where do you stand on this issue? Should Pennsylvania move its state elections to the off years?