Mail-In Ballots

Trump Campaign Appeals Another Ballot Case In Pennsylvania

Dec 7, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

President Donald Trump's campaign continues to press lawsuits over Pennsylvania's election, appealing another case it lost to the state Supreme Court, this time over fewer than 2,000 ballots in a suburban Philadelphia county.

Matt Slocum / AP

The state Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit that aimed to throw out mail-in votes — or, potentially, all votes — from the Nov. 3 election.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

The 2020 general election results were made official in Allegheny County on Monday morning when the Board of Elections voted to certify the results -- even though a court order hours later will require the board to adjust its total.

PA Legislative Committee To Audit County Election Data

Nov 20, 2020
Mary Altaffer / AP

State lawmakers approved a measure Thursday allowing the legislature to audit county election data.

State House Republicans Vote For Election Procedures Study

Nov 18, 2020
Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Republicans in the state House on Wednesday pushed forward on party lines a proposal for a review of election procedures in Pennsylvania, although its author insisted he accepts voting results and is not trying to overturn them.

Gene J. Puskar / AP

Election workers in Allegheny County will be able to count 2,349 mail-in ballots that were received by Election Day but weren't dated by voters, according to a new court ruling Wednesday. The decision, and a companion ruling about other ballots called into question, could decide the outcome of a hotly contested state Senate race. Republicans filed an appeal later in the day.

Matt Slocum / AP

Pennsylvania's state Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will take up challenges to more than 8,000 ballots in Philadelphia filed by President Donald Trump's campaign, among the lawsuits launched by the Republican and his allies amid President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

An Allegheny County judge heard arguments Tuesday morning about whether 2,349 mail-in ballots that came in by Election Day should be counted, even though voters forgot to write down the date themselves before returning the ballots.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

Western Pennsylvania Republican Guy Reschenthaler alleged on conservative media this week that “voter fraud here is constantly an issue” in Pennsylvania, though some of his claims fly in the face of what is known about the 2020 election.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA


On today's program: The Trump campaign filed suit in federal court to stop certification of Pennsylvania’s election results; the Pittsburgh Steelers currently have their best start to a season since 1978; and the Film Pittsburgh Fall Festival presents dozens of full-length and short films completely virtually.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

While legal fights over election results and vote counting loom large in many swing states that handed President-elect Joe Biden his victory, Allegheny County has largely avoided controversy — even as it prepares for new vote-counting challenges in the coming days.

Julio Cortez / AP

As Pennsylvania election staff members continue to count votes, demonstrators are gathering across the state to show support for a full count.

Julio Cortez / AP


On today's program: Ballots are still being counted in Pennsylvania and other swing states; and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Carnegie Institute. 

Matt Rourke / AP


On today's program: Pennsylvania has begun to tally votes, but final results won’t be available for a few days; and, as ballots are processed, Pennsylvania and other states could see more legal challenges.

Republicans Seek To Sideline PA Mail Ballots That Voters Were Allowed To Fix

Nov 3, 2020
Robert Frank / Spotlight PA

Inside the spacious exhibition center at the York Fairgrounds, dozens of county employees on Tuesday sorted through thousands of mail ballots in the lead-up to the close of polls.

Harassment, Anger, And Misinformation Plague PA County Officials Ahead Of 2020 Election

Oct 30, 2020
Margo Reed / Philadelphia Inquirer

On a recent weekday, Forrest Lehman was struggling to run two elections simultaneously — one in person and one by mail.

Some Counties To Delay Counting Mail-In Ballots

Oct 30, 2020
Matt Slocum / AP

At least seven Pennsylvania counties will not start processing mail-in ballots until the morning after election day, raising alarm with some voters and the Wolf Administration.

Matt Slocum / AP

Pennsylvania’s top election official said Wednesday that voters who have not returned their mail-in ballots yet should now drop them off in person.

J. Scott Applewhite / AP

The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Election Day is November 3rd, but casting a ballot will look different this year. WESA reporters have compiled a list of candidate profiles, issues and legal updates.

We've also answered your questions on Pennsylvania mail-in ballots and voting in person.

Screenshot (left), Sarah Kovash (right) / 90.5 WESA (right)

Republican Congressional candidate Sean Parnell claimed victory in a voting rights lawsuit this week that challenged county election procedures, while Allegheny County officials called the challenge “a waste of time” that resulted in no change in those procedures. 

PA Reaching Out To More Than 4,000 Voters After Glitch Sends Them Two Mail Ballots

Oct 22, 2020
Courtesy of Stephen Klein

State employees are reaching out to up to 4,300 Pennsylvania voters who requested a mail ballot, after a computer glitch caused them to be sent two ballots by mistake.

Department of State spokesperson Ellen Lyon said Thursday the issue was due to a printing error.

“We are continuing to investigate and monitor this to see if other factors are contributing to this issue, and to prevent future duplicate ballots from going out,” Lyon said Thursday. “We are going to be using email and phone calls to contact the voters.”

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA


On today's program: Allegheny County solicitor Andy Szefi answers questions about voting ahead of the general election; and this year, voters might not know election results on election night.

Talks On Critical Election Legislation In Pennsylvania Stall

Oct 15, 2020
Matt Slocum / AP

Closed-door talks on legislation seen as crucial to producing a prompt election result in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania appeared stuck Thursday between the Democratic governor and the Legislature's House Republican majority.

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

The Allegheny County Elections Division announced Wednesday that the company in charge of printing and mailing ballots sent the wrong ballots to 28,879 voters, citing an error by the vendor in charge of printing and mailing the ballots. 

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

Pennsylvania’s highest court granted a request Wednesday from the state’s top elections official to take up the question of whether counties should count mail-in ballots when a voter’s signature doesn’t necessarily match the one on their registration.

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.

Matt Rourke / AP

 Just weeks before the presidential election, Pennsylvania lawmakers still haven’t made a change to state voting laws that county election directors and nonpartisan good government groups say would greatly speed up the vote count – a crucial factor, they say, in combating efforts to undermine results in the swing state.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

There’s plenty of misinformation and confusion surrounding the 2020 general election. WESA reporters are answering common questions about voter registration, mail-in ballots, and voting in person.

Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Some anxious Philly voters that requested mail-in ballots now want to vote in person instead — and the trend has some experts worried that these Election Day audibles could do more harm than good.