Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The state Supreme Court unanimously cleared the way for candidates to begin circulating petitions to get on the spring primary ballot, as reported by NBC Philadelphia.

The justices modified the elections calendar, allowing candidates to begin collecting signatures starting Friday and lasting 10 days, until March 28. The primary election is May 17.

New maps of General Assembly districts in Pennsylvania survived legal challenges this week.

The justices rejected various challenges to the district lines drawn up by the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. As a result, the new state House and Senate districts will be in effect for the coming decade.

Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Allegheny, described the maps as “fair, reasonable and supported in a bipartisan way,”

“Today’s decision means we can proceed with our election calendar and folks can begin preparation to run for office or learn who their potential representatives will be,” Costa said.

Posted by hbg100.com

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