Primary 2020

Some Counting Continues, A Week After Pennsylvania's Primary

Jun 9, 2020
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

The counting from Pennsylvania’s first foray into mass voting by mail was wrapping up on Tuesday, a week after the primary, with the results of some of races still up in the air.

DePasquale Wins Democratic Nomination To Run For Congress

Jun 5, 2020
Kathleen J. Davis / 90.5 WESA

Eugene DePasquale, Pennsylvania's outgoing state auditor general, has won the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, as vote-counting Friday in primary contests across the state ate up a fourth day.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Counting an avalanche of mail-in votes began a third day in Pennsylvania on Thursday as some races from Tuesday’s primary remained too close to call.

The Associated Press has not called a number of races where the contest was close or had a large number of votes yet to be counted, or both.

Those races included several where incumbent state lawmakers trailed in the count and the only competitive primary among the statewide races, a six-way Democratic primary contest for auditor general.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

The votes are in – most of them, anyway – and in Allegheny County, there were at least two big groups of winners on Election Day: female candidates, and the elections workers themselves.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Despite consolidated polling locations, the coronavirus pandemic, and protests across the city, voters showed up in person to cast their primary ballots in Pittsburgh Tuesday.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Given that Pennsylvania’s 2020 primary is taking place amid a global pandemic and nationwide unrest over policing, voting has preceded quietly in Allegheny County since the polls opened at 7 a.m. With two hours left to go before polls closed at 8 p.m., there were few problems to report -- although lines at some polling places were getting longer as the workday ended. An Allegheny County Judge, in fact, agreed to keep the polls open at the Penn Hills Libary on Stotler Road until 9 p.m., owing to concerns about access to the site. 


Margaret J. Krauss / 90.5 WESA


On today's program: While protests continue across the country, organizers worry some may be losing sight of the goal; how Pennsylvania chooses to reopen could sway voters in the next election; and voters get ready for Pennsylvania’s primary elections today. 

Governor Moves Deadline To Count Mail-In Ballots Amid Unrest

Jun 1, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Amid protests over George Floyd’s death across Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he is ordering Philadelphia and five other counties to keep counting ballots in the primary election that arrive by mail for up to seven days after Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline.

Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that the deadline in six counties for mail-in ballots for the June 2 primary election to arrive at county election offices will be extended by one week.

Your Questions About Voting In The Pennsylvania Primary, Answered

Jun 1, 2020
Tom Downing, Emily Previti, Ben Pontz / PA Post

The June 2 primary in Pennsylvania is occurring during an exceptional event — the coronavirus pandemic.

A federal judge ruled late Wednesday that the Pennsylvania Department of State must provide a way for visually-impaired voters to fill out an absentee or mail-in ballot online, print it at home and return it to their county elections office. 

Will Mail-In Voting Turn Election Day Into Election Week?

May 27, 2020
Katie Blackley / 90.5 WESA

A shift to mail voting is increasing the chances that Americans will not know the winner of November’s presidential race on election night, a scenario that is fueling worries about whether President Donald Trump will use the delay to sow doubts about the results.

With PA's Last-Minute Polling Place Changes, Voters Might Get Conflicting Information

May 26, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Almost 20,000 Pennsylvanians have visited the Department of State’s website during the past week to check where their polling place will be for the June 2 primary.

Emma Lee / WHYY

This week, after much deliberation, Nancy Nylund decided that she’s staying home this primary.

“It was actually quite agonizing because I love working at the polls,” she said.

Nylund, 68, has served as an inspector of elections in her Plymouth Meeting precinct for several years. But she is also on immunosuppressant medication for her rheumatoid arthritis, and so she decided she didn’t want to risk coming into contact with someone infected with COVID-19.

As a retired nurse, she knows what would be at stake.

Gov. Tom Wolf / Livestream Press Conference

Nearly one million Pennsylvania voters had requested a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary as of Monday, more than five times as many as four years ago.

Lucy Perkins / 90.5 WESA

County election directors, anxious about how the coronavirus epidemic could affect the June 2 primary election, are calling on state lawmakers to step in to prevent chaos at the polls.

Emma Lee / WHYY

Pennsylvania election directors face the unprecedented challenge of staffing voting locations for the June 2 primary while also taking steps to protect workers and voters from the coronavirus (and handling a historic number mailed ballots). Many say they aren’t ready.

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Vote To Delay Primary Election

Mar 25, 2020
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay the state's primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state's spreading coronavirus cases.