Elections

'This bill is ultimately not about improving access to voting or election security, but about restricting the freedom to vote,' the governor said in a statement.
Jose F. Moreno / Philadelphia Inquirer

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Democrats call any new ID restrictions 'voter suppression,' while Republicans say it makes elections more secure. The reality is more complicated.
TYGER WILLIAMS / Philadelphia Inquirer

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HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House passed an election overhaul bill Tuesday that creates stricter voter ID requirements and early voting in 2025, despite opposition from most Democrats and a promised veto from Gov. Tom Wolf.

Pa. GOP Proposes Major Election Overhaul, Including Stricter Voter ID And In-Person Early Voting

Jun 10, 2021
The legislation is sure to draw intense scrutiny and will likely face steep obstacles as Republican leaders, who control both chambers of the state legislature, try to keep their party unified while also winning the approval of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf.
Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Inquirer

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Head shots of State College mayoral candidates Ezra Nanes and Jim Leous
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Two Democrats — and no Republicans — are on the ballot in this year’s primary race for State College mayor. Ezra Nanes is director of business development at AccuWeather. He previously ran for state Senate and tried for a seat on the State College Borough Council, and he's a member of the Centre County Democratic Committee. Jim Leous leads the emerging technologies group for Penn State's Information Technology Services. He’s also a member of the State College Area school board and adviser to the Penn State College Democrats.

A male voter at a voting booth with a "Vote" sign
Alex Brandon / AP

 

The U.S. Census Bureau said Friday that it will get redistricting data to the states by the end of September, not the end of March as originally planned, a hold up that Pennsylvania Republican leaders say could lead to a delay in next year’s primary.

 

“When you’re making decisions in life, it’s always good to have information as early as you can," said Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Kerry Benninghoff, who is one of the Republicans who will serve on the state’s redistricting commission.

 

Matt Rourke / Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (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.
Paperwork filed Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia caps a lawsuit that Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein filed in 2016 as she sought recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan.

Doug McLinko
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Two candidates are on the Republican primary ballot for U.S. House 12th Congressional district. One of them is Doug McLinko. WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with McLinko about why he’s running against an incumbent in the primary.

WPSU invited all candidates in competitive races for U.S. House seats in the 12th, 13th and 15th Congressional districts for interviews. To listen to interviews and find out more about the races, go to wpsu.org/vote18. 

First Transgender Candidate Wins in Pa.

Nov 8, 2017
photo: Tyler James Titus / Tyler Titus for Erie School Board Facebook

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania school board has a new, openly transgender member.

The Erie Times-News reports Tyler Titus won one of four open seats on the Erie School Board on Tuesday.

The Victory Fund, a political action committee dedicated to electing openly LGBT people, says 33-year-old Titus is the first openly transgender person ever elected in the state of Pennsylvania.

Low Turnout Expected at Primary Municipal Elections

May 14, 2015
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Municipal and judicial primary elections are coming up Tuesday, May 19. Voter turn out for these elections is generally low. Around 15 to 20 percent of registered voters are expected to show up to choose candidates for positions like sheriff or school board director.

Centre County Elections Director Joyce McKinley says there are two particularly interesting contests in Centre County this year.

“It’s on the Republican ballot, the Register of Wills and the Sheriff,” McKinley said.

There are two Republican candidates for each of those positions.

AP Photo/Matt Rourke

A new poll shows Governor Corbett has made gains in his race for re-election, but Democratic hopeful Tom Wolf maintains a double-digit lead among registered and likely voters surveyed.

The York County cabinet magnate is 13 points ahead of Governor Corbett among self-reported likely voters in the Franklin & Marshall College poll. It’s a narrowing lead, and it reflects the work Corbett has done to appeal to his base. 63 percent of surveyed Republicans say Corbett deserves re-election, up from 39 percent in August.

The primary election is May 20th.  Last week you heard from York businessman Tom Wolf and former secretary of the PA DEP Katie McGinty.  They're two of four Democrats vying to win their party's nomination and a chance to unseat Republican Governor Tom Corbett.  Now hear from State Treasurer Rob McCord and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz.