The political future of state Rep. Thomas Blackwell may depend on the legal fallout from a snowstorm that struck central Pennsylvania on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12.
That was the deadline for candidates to file their nomination petitions with state election officials in Harrisburg. But because of the storm, Gov. Rendell extended the deadline, until noon on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Hundreds of candidates filed petitions, seeking seats in the legislature, statewide offices, and at national party conventions.
Under Pennsylvania law, the deadline for people to file challenges against these petitions is seven days later, or Feb. 21. But did that mean noon on Feb. 21, or 5 p.m., the normal closing hour for the state election bureau and Commonwealth Court?