Election Security

Pennsylvania Becomes A Battleground Over Election Security

Oct 14, 2020
Matt Slocum / AP

For anxiety over voting and ballot counting in this year’s presidential election, it’s hard to top Pennsylvania.

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On today's program: The Allegheny County Executive and FBI Pittsburgh weigh in on local election security; the origin of two architectural marvels in Homewood and Larimer; a journalist recalls the forced migration of 2,000 minority residents nearly 100 years ago; and why firefly species could be in danger. 

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On today's program: FBI Pittsburgh hopes to apply the cyber security lessons of 2016 to 2020; the U.S. Census Bureau needs many more numerators ahead of this year’s count; a Point Park initiative goes beyond basic survival needs for the city’s homeless; and Philadelphia honors native son Kobe Bryant after the basketball star’s tragic death. 

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A bill headed to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk is expected to address some of the problems experienced by counties that rolled out new voting systems during the general election earlier this month.

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Protesters gathered outside U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey’s office in downtown Pittsburgh Tuesday, hoping their presence would push the Republican and his Senate colleagues to take up election security measures.

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Since the summer of 2017, Pittsburghers stuck in traffic at the intersection of Bigelow Boulevard and Herron Avenue could be greeted by a billboard with the same smiling face, positive message and personal phone number. Its message belonged to poet Rachel Ann Bovier. 

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh missed opening arguments for a handful of cases on the high court's docket this season, adding a fair amount of intrigue into an already controversial agenda.

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A new non-partisan commission will investigate how to better secure voting machines, voter registration, and other elements of Pennsylvania's electoral system.