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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.

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An appellate court judge in Pennsylvania has turned down an emergency petition from Republicans seeking to block the Philadelphia suburb of Delaware County from operating a three-day early voting center in the city of Chester. 

Courtesy of The Voter Project

A postcard from a statewide nonprofit group has confused some Pennsylvanians ahead of the general election. More than a dozen voters reported receiving a malier from The Voter Project to ProPublica’s ElectionLand tipline. 

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President Donald Trump’s campaign has filed suit against Philadelphia, arguing that its policy of barring poll watchers from newly opened satellite election offices violates Pennsylvania law.

Pennsylvania played a key role in the election of President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. This year, both Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have their eye on winning Pennsylvania and securing the state's 20 electoral votes. 

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. 


Tuesday's Primaries Become Test Run For Campaigning During Coronavirus

Jun 1, 2020
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Tuesday's primaries in eight states are the biggest test to date of campaigning during the coronavirus era, a way for parties to test-drive new ways of getting out the vote during a time when it can be dangerous to leave your home.

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A federal judge has denied a request to decertify voting machines being used by Philadelphia and two other counties in the battleground state of Pennsylvania before November's presidential election.

In a Wednesday ruling, U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond in Philadelphia said the plaintiffs, including former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein and several supporters, made allegations that are "baseless and irrational."

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Thanks to the coronavirus, voting in Allegheny County will look very different this June. The Board of Elections voted Thursday to reduce the number of polling places from more than 1,300 to less than 200, to try and limit the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging residents to vote by mail, rather than in person.

Pennsylvania Boosting Efforts To Promote Voting By Mail

Apr 22, 2020
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Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is boosting its efforts to get voters to cast their primary election ballots by mail, saying it would help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

A lawsuit filed Thursday seeks to end the practice in Pennsylvania of counting state inmates as residents of the district where they are incarcerated, arguing it violates a constitutional requirement that elections be free and equal.

The case was filed by three former inmates, a woman who lives in Philadelphia, the NAACP and related organizations, and others. It argues that the practice unfairly distorts political power and should be stopped when new districts are drawn after this year's census.

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Pennsylvania wants to be a player in the presidential primary, instead of an afterthought.

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would move up Pennsylvania's presidential primary elections by five weeks, starting in 2024.

That would make it the third Tuesday in March, rather than what current law dictates, the fourth Tuesday in April.

The bill goes to the state House of Representatives.

Brad Larrison / WHYY

A slate of brand-new voting laws will be used for the first time in Pennsylvania’s April primary —and counties are working to prepare.

Seven Solutions For Pennsylvania’s Problems At The Polls

Nov 12, 2019
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Paper jams, long lines, incorrect results: Some voters and elections officials encountered problems last week as 35 counties rolled out new voting machines.

York County officials issued a public apology Tuesday evening after voters complained of delays and other problems with the county’s new $1.4 million paper-ballot system.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania is making the most significant changes to its election laws in 80 years and helping counties buy new voting machines ahead of next year's presidential election.

Michelle R. Smith / AP

A just-signed law designed to modernize Pennsylvania's election laws and help pay for new voting machines also includes money for the state to bolster federal census efforts.

Legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Tom Wolf authorizes up to $4 million to help ensure a complete and accurate 2020 census count in Pennsylvania.

The government takes a headcount every 10 years to allocate seats in Congress and billions in federal dollars for such things as transportation projects and education.

Alan Diaz / AP

Pennsylvanians who won't be able to vote in person this fall will be able to apply online for absentee ballots for the first time.

Sarah Schneider / 90.5 WESA

On today's program: Propel charter schools are prioritizing early learning benchmarks; fires in the Amazon rainforest are diminishing migratory bird habitats; a lot of Pittsburghers think they live in the Midwest; and local universities want to register more student voters ahead of the 2020 elections. 

Matt Rourke / AP

Governor Tom Wolf is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to funding upgrades for Pennsylvania’s voting machines. 

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Legislation to help Pennsylvania's counties afford new voting machines before next year's election is wrapped up in the politics of voting and election laws.

Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that he'll decide later in the week whether to sign or veto a bill that was opposed by the vast majority of his fellow Democrats in the state Legislature.

The bill passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature authorizes borrowing $90 million to help counties underwrite a total voting-machine replacement cost that could exceed $100 million.

Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's top elections official says one-third of the state's counties are advancing plans to install new voting systems ahead of 2020's presidential election.

Kathy Boockvar, Gov. Tom Wolf's acting secretary of state, told lawmakers Tuesday that 21 of 67 counties have approved plans amid the administration's push to adopt systems with voter-verifiable paper trails that are viewed as a hedge against hacking.

As 2020 Nears, Pressure Grows To Replace Voting Machines

Mar 5, 2019
Matt Rourke / AP

Time and money are running short for states to replace aging or inadequate voting machines before the 2020 presidential primaries, according to a report released Tuesday.

Mel Evans / AP

Officials in 18 Pennsylvania counties accepted gifts, such as wine festival tickets, trips and dinners at high-end restaurants, from voting equipment vendors ahead of the 2020 election, according to the state auditor general.

Pennsylvania Must Replace Voting Machines, Lawmakers Told

Feb 20, 2019
Matt Rourke / AP

Pennsylvania's top elections official is warning that failing to replace voting machines by 2020 could make the state the only one without a voter-verifiable paper trail.

Kathy Boockvar, Pennsylvania's acting state secretary, also told state senators Wednesday during an Appropriations Committee hearing that election-security experts agree that moving to voting machines that allow voters to double check how their vote was recorded needs to happen by next year.

Matt Rourke / AP

A handful of state senators want to upend the way Pennsylvania conducts its elections.

Mark Nootbaar / 90.5 WESA

A federal appeals court has refused to re-impose restrictions on Republican National Committee voter activities set in motion decades ago by a New Jersey gubernatorial race.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a decision by U.S. District Judge John Vazquez ending a court-ordered agreement, called a consent decree, to prevent the Republican National Committee from targeting minority voters.

GOP Senator Questions Governor’s Drive For New Voting Machines

Dec 6, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

A top Republican state senator is drafting legislation to prevent Gov. Tom Wolf from forcing Pennsylvania counties to buy new voting machines, a priority for the Democratic governor to ensure the machines are in place in time for the 2020 presidential election.

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Patrick McDaniel  said elections in the United States have historically been fair and secure, but there are challenges.

McDaniel is the Weiss Professor of Information and Communications Technology at Penn State and one of the organizers of the Symposium on Election Security, held Monday at the Penn Stater Conference Center. At a time when the integrity of elections is in the headlines, the conference drew experts and national leaders in election security.

Pennsylvania Commits To New Voting Machines, Election Audit

Nov 29, 2018
Matt Rourke / AP

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is settling a vote-counting lawsuit stemming from the 2016 presidential election, in part by affirming a commitment it made previously to push Pennsylvania's counties to buy voting systems that leave a verifiable paper trail by 2020.

Mel Evans / AP


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