Election News


Justices Deny Fast, New Look At Pennsylvania Ballot Deadline

Posted on October 28, 2020

he Supreme Court says it will not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day. But the court’s order left open the possibility that the justices could take up and decide after the voting whether a three-day extension to receive and count absentee ballots ordered by the state’s high court was proper.

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GOP Asks U.S. Supreme Court Again To Block Pa. Ballot Extension

Posted on October 25, 2020

The Pennsylvania Republican Party is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to speedily take up its case to block counties in the presidential battleground state from counting mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election.

The Republican Party’s late Friday filing came four days after the justices divided 4-4 on putting a hold on the extension.

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Pa. College Students Worry About Mail-In Voting Amid USPS Delays

Posted on October 23, 2020

Penn State senior Kamron Sarmadi is registered to vote in Virginia. Mail-in voting is the only viable option for his first presidential election.

“I don’t want to drive three hours back home. And, obviously, before all the big changes started coming through, USPS is like the one government-run thing that I really appreciate,” Sarmadi said.

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Supreme Court Rules Pennsylvania Can Count Ballots Received After Election Day

Posted on October 20, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that election officials in Pennsylvania can count absentee ballots received as late as the Friday after Election Day so long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

The court declined without comment to take up one of the highest-profile election law cases in the final stretch before Election Day. Pennsylvania Republicans had sought to block the counting of late-arriving ballots, which the state’s Supreme Court had approved last month.

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Pennsylvania Breaks Past 9M Voters At Registration Deadline

Posted on October 19, 2020

Monday, October 19 is the last day in Pennsylvania to register to vote in the November 3 election in which the presidential battleground state is playing a central role in the contest between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Voter registration in Pennsylvania has already hit a record high in this cycle.

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Democracy Works: The Supreme Court’s Politics And Power

Posted on October 19, 2020

The Supreme Court has always been political, despite what recent history may lead us to believe. However, things may feel different now because the Court is more powerful now. Historian Rachel Shelden takes on a trip back to the Civil War era and we discuss the lessons from that era the might apply today.

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Democratic Candidate For U.S. House Todd Rowley On Why He Wants To Represent The 13th District

Posted on October 17, 2020

The election is Nov. 3. WPSU is speaking with candidates in the race for the U.S. House in central and northcentral Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Anne Danahy interviewed Todd Rowley, the Democratic challenger in the race for the 13th Congressional district. Incumbent Republican John Joyce’s campaign did not respond to multiple requests for an interview. The district covers several counties in southcentral Pennsylvania, including Blair and Huntingdon counties and parts of Cambria and Westmoreland counties.

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Talks On Critical Election Legislation In Pennsylvania Stall

Posted on October 15, 2020

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.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said an offer extended in recent days to House Republican leaders has been effectively rejected, now less than three weeks before Election Day.

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Pennsylvania Becomes A Battleground Over Election Security

Posted on October 15, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For anxiety over voting and ballot counting in this year’s presidential election, it’s hard to top Pennsylvania.

Election officials in Philadelphia, home to one-fifth of the state’s Democratic voters, have been sued by President Donald Trump’s campaign, blasted by the president as overseeing a place “where bad things happen” and forced to explain security measures after a theft from a warehouse full of election equipment.

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Pennsylvania High Court To Settle Voter Signatures Fight

Posted on October 14, 2020

Pennsylvania’s highest court granted a request Wednesday to wade into a fight over whether counties should count mail-in ballots when a voter’s signature doesn’t necessarily match the one on their registration.

In its brief order, the state Supreme Court said it will decide the matter after a filings deadline in the case on Friday.

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Mail-In Ballot Requests Pass 2.6 Million In Pennsylvania

Posted on October 14, 2020

With three weeks to go before the Nov. 3 election, more than 2.6 million registered voters have applied for a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania, a battleground state hotly contested by President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Of those applicants as of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million are registered Democrats and about 641,000 are registered Republicans, a three-to-one ratio, according to state data. Another 284,000 ballots were requested by independent or third party voters.

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Democrat Robert Williams On Why He’s Running For The U.S. House, PA’s 15th District

Posted on October 13, 2020

WPSU is speaking with candidates in the race for the U.S. House in central and northcentral Pennsylvania. As part of that, WPSU’s Anne Danahy interviewed Robert Williams, the Democratic candidate in the race for the 15th Congressional district. The district includes northern and western Centre County, and stretches north and west to cover a large part of the WPSU listening area including Clearfield, Cameron, Elk McKean, Warren and Forest Counties.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson On COVID-19 And Other Priorities If He’s Reelected

Posted on October 13, 2020

WPSU is speaking with candidates in the race for U.S. House in central and northcentral Pennsylvania. WPSU’s Anne Danahy interviewed Republican incumbent Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, who is running for reelection in the 15th congressional district seat, which includes part of Centre County, and stretches north and west to cover a large part of the WPSU listening area including Clearfield, Cameron, Elk McKean, Warren and Forest Counties.

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Biden Hits Trump On Economy In Critical Pennsylvania County

Posted on October 12, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is blistering President Donald Trump as only pretending to care about the working-class voters who helped flip the Rust Belt to the Republican column four years ago. Biden made the charge Saturday against the backdrop of a union facility in a key battleground of Pennsylvania, Erie County.

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Pennsylvania House GOP Drops ‘Election Integrity’ Plan

Posted on October 11, 2020

House Republicans in Pennsylvania are dropping plans to fast-track an 11th-hour effort to set up a Republican-majority election panel with subpoena power. It came amid accusations by Democrats that it was an effort to steal the election. Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff said “the muddied waters and misunderstanding” about the intent of the Select Committee on Election Integrity made it clear it’s the wrong time.

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Democratic Candidate For Pa. 171st House District, Peter Buck, On Clean Energy And COVID-19

Posted on October 8, 2020

The 171st Pennsylvania House District includes parts of Centre and Mifflin Counties.

Peter Buck is the Democratic candidate running for this seat against incumbent, Republican Kerry Benninghoff, in the general election this year. Buck is a former Chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors in Centre County and served as a representative for the Centre Region Council of Governments.

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Republican Candidate For Pa. 171st House District, Kerry Benninghoff, On COVID-19 And Safe Elections

Posted on October 7, 2020

The 171st Pennsylvania House District includes parts of Centre and Mifflin Counties.

Kerry Benninghoff is the Republican candidate running for this seat against Democrat Peter Buck in the general election this year. Benninghoff has held the seat for 23 years and is currently the Pennsylvania House Majority Leader. He was the Centre County Coroner before becoming a state representative and previously worked at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

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Democratic Candidate For Pa. 25th Senatorial District, Margie Brown, On Investing In Rural Pa.

Posted on October 2, 2020

The 25th Pennsylvania Senatorial District includes all of Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties, and part of Clearfield County. It is currently held by Republican Joe Scarnati, who decided to retire this year.

Margie Brown is the Democratic candidate running for this seat against Republican Cris Dush in the general election this year. Brown is a St. Marys City Council member and serves as the Vice Chair for the Rural Caucus of the state Democratic Party.

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Republican Candidate For Pa. 25th Senatorial District, Cris Dush, On Regulation Cuts And COVID-19

Posted on October 2, 2020

The 25th Pennsylvania Senatorial District includes all of Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties, and part of Clearfield County. It is currently held by Republican Joe Scarnati, who decided to retire this year.

Cris Dush is the Republican candidate running for this seat against Democrat Margie Brown in the general election this year. Dush represents the 66th Pennsylvania House of Representatives District.

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‘Naked Ballot’ Rule Could Lead To Thousands Of Pennsylvania Votes Getting Rejected

Posted on October 1, 2020

A Pennsylvania court has introduced a strict new rule for voters in what is perhaps the most important swing state in the United States.

The state sends out an extra “secrecy” envelope with all its mail ballots. And the court has now decided that if voters forget to include that envelope when they return their ballots — an error that’s being termed a “naked ballot” — their votes will be automatically void.

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Republicans Lose A Round In Pennsylvania Mail Voting Dispute

Posted on September 25, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has dealt a blow to Republicans in the legal fight over the deadline for mailed ballots in the presidential battleground state. The court rejected without comment Thursday a request by Republicans to put on hold its decision to extend the deadline for receiving and counting mail-in ballots.

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Court Decisions Didn’t End Pennsylvania Voting Law Fight

Posted on September 25, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Nov. 3 presidential contest will test Pennsylvania’s ability to handle a massive mail-in vote and, while its high court settled several partisan points of dispute over how to update the state’s election law, counties remain unprepared in several important ways.

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Mailed Ballots Can’t Be Discarded Over Signature, Pa. State Officials Say

Posted on September 17, 2020

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — With concerns rising in Pennsylvania that thousands of mail-in ballots will be discarded in the presidential election over technicalities, state officials told counties that they cannot reject a ballot solely because an election official believes a signature doesn’t match the signature in the voter’s file. The new guidance from Pennsylvania’s Department of State also prompted the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh to drop a lawsuit in federal court Monday.

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Voting 2020: Mail-In Ballots in Pennsylvania

Posted on September 11, 2020

In Pennsylvania, it used to be that you needed an excuse to vote by mail. You had to apply for what’s called an “absentee ballot.”  But in this presidential election year, things are different.  Act 77, signed into law last fall, allows any registered voter in Pennsylvania to choose to vote by mail-in ballot instead of going to the polls on election day.

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Google Will Block Its Autocomplete Suggestions For Some Election-Related Searches

Posted on September 11, 2020

Google says it is making changes to its autocomplete feature ahead of the November presidential election.

Autocomplete suggests possible search terms based on what a user starts typing. In a blog post, Google said it was removing suggestions that could be viewed as being for or against a particular candidate or party.

The search engine also is blocking suggestions that could be viewed as claims about “the integrity or legitimacy of electoral processes.”

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Voting Season Begins: North Carolina Mails Out First Ballots

Posted on September 4, 2020

The 2020 general election has begun with North Carolina becoming the first state to start mailing out absentee ballots on Friday, two months before Election Day.

Other states will begin doing the same over the next few weeks in an election that’s expected to break all records in the number of ballots cast early and by mail. Minnesota will be the first state to offer early in-person voting starting Sept. 18, with many states following not long afterward.

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5 Questions Ahead Of The Republican National Convention

Posted on August 24, 2020

Since the Democrats wrapped up their glitch-free virtual convention, now it’s Republicans’ turn.

The four-day event, taking place amid the coronavirus pandemic and as tropical storm systems — yes, two — are set to hit the Gulf Coast, begins Monday morning with a roll call and official renomination of President Trump as the Republican nominee and Vice President Pence as his running mate.

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