History

In 2011, Stephanie Singer was elected to a four-year term as Philadelphia City [Election] Commissioner

In 2008 we used the Right-to-Know Law to request electronic files of election results from the City of Philadelphia. The City has never released electronic databases of election results to the public before. Some easy-to-use lookup forms are available here. The files are available for mass download, for free, here. To use these files, you will probably need a database program such as MySQL (free) or MS Access.

In fall 2007 we began a voter file oversight project. The purpose is to check for discrepancies between county records and the SURE system and to monitor the voter files for purges of voters. We completed the first stage of data collection and programming, and discovered that a large percentage of voters were dropped from the rolls in Luzerne County, PA, just after the 2006 general election. 

In 2007 we started a public outcry that convinced Governor Ed Rendell to reverse a misguided state policy restricting access to database of polling place locations statewide.

In the summer of 2006, responding to a lawsuit we filed under the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania dropped the price of the statewide voter file from $1340 to $20. (To order voter files, follow these instructions or contact us.) Voter files cannot be posted on the Web.

In 2005 we collected precinct-level data for several elections. We have convinced several counties in Pennsylvania to lower their voter file prices to the maximum legally allowable price.

The PA Election Transparency Project began in 2005 with private funding.