Elections constitute the fundamental basis of our democracy in the United States. In Pennsylvania, elections, nominations, voting and petition filings are governed by the Pennsylvania Election Code. William Vinsko, Jr., Esquire, the firm’s managing principal, has extensive experience with election law matters across the Commonwealth. Notably, in 2013, Attorney Vinsko successfully challenged the Hazleton Area School District elections and had them overturned. He has also represented both Democrats and Republicans in nomination petition challenges for all levels of government, from city council and township supervisors to judges, state representatives and members of the United States Congress. Attorney Vinsko’s election law experience involves successful outcomes in all levels of the courts, including the Courts of Common Pleas election courts, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
In 2006, Vinsko argued the matter of In Re Carroll, which challenged a mayor’s removal from the ballot for alleged failure to list volunteer activities on the Statement of Financial Interests. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Vinsko’s client confirming that by requiring volunteer activities to be part of the Commonwealth’s ethics form actually discouraged candidates from volunteer service and did not make sense when there was no financial association. That decision let to a change in the state law a year later.
If your nomination petitions have been challenged, if you are facing activity that you believe violates the Pennsylvania Election Code, or if you have issues that lead you to believe an election was improperly held, contact Vinsko & Associates, P.C. today. For over 20 years, Bill Vinsko has advised municipalities candidates, elections bureaus, election directors, voters and electors at every level of government, and will be able to properly evaluate your matter.