2020 Elections

Republicans Lose A Round In Pa. Mail Voting Dispute

Sep 25, 2020
Keith Srakocic / Associated Press

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. Republicans are now likely to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block the ruling. The divided Pennsylvania high court last week granted the Democratic Party's request to order an extension of Pennsylvania's Election Day deadline to count mailed ballots.

Court Decisions Didn't End Pennsylvania Voting Law Fight

Sep 20, 2020
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

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. Plus, the legal challenges are not necessarily over.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court has given the Democratic Party a series of victories related to November's presidential election in the battleground state. One of Thursday's decisions was in a lawsuit that sought favorable fixes to glitches and gray areas in the mail-in voting law. The court granted Democrats' request to order a three-day extension of Pennsylvania's Election Day deadline to count mailed-in ballots. It also authorized satellite election offices and drop boxes to head off an avalanche of mail ballots in Philadelphia and its populous suburbs.

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

Sep 15, 2020
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

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.

Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

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.

 

Pennsylvania Asks Court To Extend Mail-in Voting Deadlines

Aug 14, 2020
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is asking the state Supreme Court to extend deadlines for mail-in ballots in the November election.  Pennsylvania will be a premier presidential battleground in the race between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden.

The filing, submitted late Thursday, cited a letter dated July 29 by the general counsel of the U.S. Postal Service, Thomas Marshall. In it, Marshall warns that Pennsylvania's election-day deadline for mail-in ballots is "incongruous" with the postal service's delivery standards.

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania will pay the cost of postage for voters to mail-in ballots in November’s general election. Officials said Friday that Gov. Tom Wolf's administration plans to use money from federal emergency coronavirus aid to foot the bill. It could run several million dollars to cover 55 cents for millions of ballots. Wolf has made paying for postage a priority as the coronavirus pandemic has unexpectedly fueled high interest in voting by mail.

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Tonight is the secondof two Democratic debates this week.  It begins at 8:00 p.m. on CNN.  NPR reporters will liveblog the debate right hear, beginning at 8:00p.m. tonight.  You can follow the NPR liveblog below.

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Tonight is the first of two Democratic debates this week.  It begins at 8:00 p.m. on CNN.  NPR reporters will liveblog the debate right hear, beginning at 8:00p.m.  Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will share the debate stage for the first time tonight.  And because candidates were selected for each night by a random drawing, NPR reports, all of tonight's candidates are white.

Some Pa. Election Systems Still Use Vulnerable Software

Jul 13, 2019
Matt Rourke / Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pennsylvania's message was clear: The state was taking a big step to keep its elections from being hacked in 2020. Last April, its top election official told counties they had to update their systems. So far, nearly 60% have taken action, with $14.15 million of mostly federal funds helping counties buy brand-new electoral systems.
But there's a problem: Many of these new systems still run on old software that will soon be outdated and more vulnerable to hackers.

NPR

It's Night 2 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Ten more Democratic presidential candidates will face off live from Miami tonight at 9:00 p.m. on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.  The other ten candidates who qualified for the debates met in Night 1 last night. When the debate starts tonight, follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks here.

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It's Night 1 of the first primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Ten candidates will face off live from Miami tonight at 9:00 p.m. on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo.  The other ten candidates who qualified for the debates will meet tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. on those same channels.  When the debate starts, follow NPR reporters' live analysis and fact checks of the candidates' remarks here.

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Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke visited Penn State University Park on Tuesday and spoke to a crowd of hundreds about how he wants to serve the country.
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Calling for respect and unity that he said will lead to common ground, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke visited Penn State University Park on Tuesday and spoke to a crowd of hundreds about how he wants to serve the country.

The former congressman from El Paso, Texas, is the first declared presidential candidate for the 2020 race to host a public event in Pennsylvania. Coming from previous stops in critical swing states like Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan, O’Rourke said his “grassroots road trip” is really important to him.