Appeals from the Orders of the Court of Common Pleas of Butler County in case of Petitions for Local Option Election in Slippery Rock Borough Regarding Granting Liquor Licenses for Sale of Liquor; and Petitions for Local Option Election in Slippery Rock Borough Regarding Malt and Brewed Beverage Retail Dispenser Licenses for Consumption on Premises Where Sold, Nos. Misc. Dkt. Nos. 79-055 and 79-056.
Thomas M. Kiermaier, with him Kiermaier & Hepting, for appellant.
Thomas W. King, III, with him Dillon, McCandless, King & Kemper, for appellee.
President Judge Bowman and Judges Crumlish, Jr., Mencer, Blatt, DiSalle, Craig and MacPhail. Judges Wilkinson, Jr. and Rogers did not participate. Opinion by Judge Crumlish, Jr.
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The Butler County Common Pleas Court set aside two Local Referendum Petitions*fn1 filed by Ralph T. Taylor because of material defects in the circulator's affidavit. Taylor appeals. We affirm.
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Article IX, Section 909 of the Pennsylvania Election Code,*fn2 requires, inter alia, that election petitions shall have appended thereto the affidavit of the circulator, stating:
(a) that he or she is a qualified elector . . .;
(b) his residence, giving city, borough or township . . .;
(c) that the signers thereto signed with full knowledge of the contents of the petition.*fn3
The record tells us that Taylor did not personally obtain all the signatures; that two of the circulators were not qualified electors; and that he did not know whether the signers were aware of the nature of the petition.
The Election Code does not require the individual who actually circulates the petition to make the required affirmation, but the affiant must have knowledge of the qualifying facts enunciated in Section 909. DeFino Nomination Petition, 25 Pa. Commonwealth Ct. 646, 362 A.2d 467 (1976). Taylor, by ...