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Court flips on signature rules for Pa. nominating petitions

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Pennsylvania State Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court says voters who sign a state political candidate’s nominating petition have to list the address where they are registered to vote or it doesn't count.

The state Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a 5-year-old precedent because of a more recent change in state law. The court had previously held that a petition signature could not be invalidated just because the voter’s address didn't match their voter registration address. The ruling was made in a challenge to Rania Major’s petition to run in the Democratic primary for judge in Philadelphia. The court upheld a decision to keep Major off the ballot.

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