Participate in the Redistricting Process

Each decade, Pennsylvania uses data from the United States Census Bureau to complete the Constitutionally-required process of setting Congressional and Legislative district boundaries. The Legislative Reapportionment Commission invites all citizens of Pennsylvania to provide their input and feedback. Through this website you can:

– Submit Written Testimony. Provide written public comment to the Commission.
– Upload a File. Provide a SHAPE or Block-equivalency file that details a community of interest or statewide map.
– Draw a Statewide Map. Using free third-party websites, you can draw your own statewide map and submit to the Commission.

People have until Jan. 18 to file objections to those proposed state legislative maps. Objections go to the state Supreme Court, which could further delay the process (source:


Pa. House approves proposed congressional map as court challenges loom

HARRISBURG — The Pennsylvania House has advanced a new congressional map that nonpartisan analysts say has a clear Republican advantage, but its fate remains unclear as a court-mandated deadline looms.

The map, which will help determine the balance of power in Washington, passed with support from all but two of the chamber’s Republicans and from none of the Democrats. It now goes to the state Senate for consideration.


Pennsylvania Live Election Results 2020

Updated Friday at 9:21 a.m. ET

The Associated Press has not yet called the presidential race in valuable Pennsylvania, leaving its 20 electoral votes highly contested. But after trailing early, Joe Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in the vote count on Friday morning.

Both candidates barnstormed the state in the final few days of the campaign. Counting of absentee ballots has been expected to be particularly slow in the state, with both sides preparing for possible protracted legal fights.

View live results for Pennsylvania’s races for president and the House.


Live Updates: 2020 Election

What You Need To Know

It’s still too close to call as eyes narrow in on key states including Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The outlook seemed brighter for Democrats this morning than it did last night, but the Trump campaign continues to project optimism. Catch up on the state of the race:


Justices Deny Fast, New Look At Pennsylvania Ballot Deadline

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.


Pennsylvanians Urged To Drop Off Mail-In Ballots In Person

With six days until Election Day, Pennsylvania’s top elections official on Wednesday urged voters in the presidential battleground state who have one of the roughly 1 million mail-in ballots outstanding to drop it off in person rather than mail it.


From Philly To Erie, 12 Pa. Voters Talk About Their Crucial Swing State Vote

With a week to go until Election Day, Pennsylvania has lived up to its hype as a key battleground state that could decide the presidency. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden leads in state and national polls, but both he and President Donald Trump have been making frequent stops in the commonwealth and spending big on advertising.


More Than 3 Million Pennsylvanians Apply For Mail-In Ballots

A week ahead of the Nov. 3 election, applications in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania for mail-in or absentee ballots have exceeded 3 million, with Tuesday the last day to request one and legal wrangling creating uncertainty over the deadline to receive them.


President Trump Makes Campaign Stop At Altoona-Blair County Airport

President Donald Trump held a rally at the Altoona-Blair County Airport in Martinsburg Monday, slamming his opponent Joe Biden and promising a booming economy and a COVID-19 vaccine.


With Stops In 4 Key States, Biden And Trump Bring Their Closing Arguments To Voters

A few dozen cars at a drive-in rally in suburban Pennsylvania honked in unison as Democratic nominee Joe Biden blasted President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus. In North Carolina, Trump told a packed crowd: “COVID, COVID, COVID. By the way, on Nov. 4, you won’t hear about it anymore.”


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

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.


Democrats Hope To Ride Spending Wave To Pennsylvania House Majority

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — National political winds, strong fundraising and heavy spending by outside groups are fueling Pennsylvania Democrats’ hopes that they can pick up the nine seats they need to retake control of the state House of Representatives after a decade in the minority.


President Trump To Hold Rally At Altoona-Blair County Airport Monday

President Donald Trump will hold a “Make America Great Again” rally in Martinsburg on Monday as a part of his reelection campaign.

According to Trump’s campaign website, the event will take place at 4:30 p.m. at the Altoona-Blair County Airport. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.


Pennsylvania Secretary Of State Encourages In-Person Early Voting

Pennsylvania is a crucial battleground state in the 2020 election. And now, for the first time ever in a presidential election year, mail-in ballots are available to all registered voters in Pennsylvania, without any excuse. That means there is now actually a way for you to vote early in person.


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

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.


Entreating Pa. Residents To Vote, Obama Delivers Rebuke Of Trump

Former President Barack Obama urged Philadelphians to make a voting plan and cast their ballots early for Democratic nominee Joe Biden during his first in-person campaign event of the 2020 contest in a state that may be crucial to a Biden victory.


Donald Trump Jr. Campaigns For His Father In State College

Donald Trump Jr. campaigned for his father’s re-election on Tuesday at a “Make America Great Again!” event at Fullington Trailways in State College. At the event, Trump Jr. criticized the Democratic party and its nominee, Joe Biden.


Supreme Court Rules Pennsylvania Can Count Ballots Received After Election Day

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.


Pennsylvania Breaks Past 9M Voters At Registration Deadline

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.


Race For A (Ballot) Cure: The Scramble To Fix Absentee-Ballot Problems

Hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots could be rejected this November because of mistakes, such as missing or mismatched signatures. Voter advocacy groups, political parties and others are rushing to help voters fix — or “cure” — their ballots before it’s too late, so they can be counted.


Democracy Works: The Supreme Court’s Politics And Power

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.


Talks On Critical Election Legislation In Pennsylvania Stall

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.


Pennsylvania Becomes A Battleground Over Election Security

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.


Pennsylvania High Court To Settle Voter Signatures Fight

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.


Mail-In Ballot Requests Pass 2.6 Million In Pennsylvania

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.


Biden Hits Trump On Economy In Critical Pennsylvania County

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.


Pennsylvania House GOP Drops ‘Election Integrity’ Plan

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.


5 Questions Ahead Of The Pence-Harris Vice Presidential Debate

Vice President Pence and California Sen. Kamala Harris square off in the first and only vice presidential debate Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET in Salt Lake City.


Take Note: Democracy Works Podcast Hosts On Voting And Trust In The Elections

The Presidential election is about a month away. Mail-in ballots, whether people will trust the election results, and the role of local politics are a few of the issues factoring into the race. WPSU’s Anne Danahy spoke about those topics and more with Michael Berkman and Candis Watts Smith from The McCourtney Institute for Democracy at Penn State.


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

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.


House GOP Pushes Ahead Plan for ‘Election Integrity’ Panel

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A proposal to set up a Republican-majority panel to review the fall election is headed for a final vote in the state House, over sharp Democratic objections.


WATCH: Trump, Biden square off in first presidential debate

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden went head to head for the first time Sept. 29 in the first presidential debate of the general election:


Pennsylvania Counties Push For Changes To Mail Ballot Law

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s counties are pressing lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to allow them to process mail-in ballots before Election Day in the battleground state as they consider the prospect of waiting until polls open to dig into 3 million envelopes.


GOP Takes Pennsylvania Court’s Ballot Deadline To Supreme Court

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on a court ruling in the battleground state that extends the deadline in November’s election to receive and count mailed-in ballots.


Republicans Lose A Round In Pennsylvania Mail Voting Dispute

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.


Florida Republicans Take Aim At Efforts To Pay Felons’ Fines So They Can Vote

Florida’s attorney general is asking law enforcement agencies to open an investigation of a contribution made by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg to help pay the fines and court fees of felons.


Court Decisions Didn’t End Pennsylvania Voting Law Fight

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.


Pennsylvania Democrats Notch Key Election-Related Court Victories

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.


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

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.


Voting 2020: Mail-In Ballots in Pennsylvania

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.


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

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.”


Voting Season Begins: North Carolina Mails Out First Ballots

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.


5 Questions Ahead Of The Republican National Convention

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.


Postmaster General Defends His Actions In Acrimonious Marathon House Hearing

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy defended his management of the U.S. Postal Service to the House on Monday amid concerns that his cost-cutting measures have jeopardized the agency’s ability to serve Americans.

Mail service has slowed across the country, according to internal documents obtained by the Oversight Committee, but DeJoy denies that is part of any attempt to reduce throughput to complicate voting by mail this year.


DNC Live Coverage: Wednesday, Aug. 19

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Wednesday’s speakers include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama.


Young Democrats Wonder Whether Party Is Prioritizing Nostalgia Over The Future

The second night of the Democratic National Convention began with a montage of young elected leaders — 17 of the party’s “rising stars” delivering a joint keynote from across the country.

But the convention’s first two nights also prominently featured speakers more reminiscent of bygone political eras than the current one, like Bill ClintonJimmy CarterJohn KerryColin Powell, Cindy McCain and Caroline Kennedy. That lineup has made some young people wonder whether the party is emphasizing nostalgia over the kind of forward-focused vision for the country most likely to entice younger voters.


4 Takeaways From Night 2 Of The Democratic National Convention

After former first lady Michelle Obama’s foreboding address Monday about the consequences of a second term for President Trump, and her urgent appeal that people “vote for Joe Biden like our lives depend on it,” the second night of the Democratic National Convention focused on building the case for how Biden would restore a country struggling in an economic and public health crisis.


Biden, Pence to hit Pa. campaign trail on same day

Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Pennsylvania on Thursday, the same day as his successor, Mike Pence, makes several stops in the premier presidential battleground state.


Supreme Court Rules State ‘Faithless Elector’ Laws Constitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Monday state laws that remove or fine Electoral College delegates who refuse to cast their votes for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support. The vote was unanimous.

“The Constitution’s text and the nation’s history both support allowing a state to enforce an elector’s pledge to support his party’s nominee — and the state voters’ choice — for President,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court.


Progressives Surge In Congressional Democratic Primaries

The progressive wing of the Democratic Party couldn’t break through in the presidential race, but in congressional races, younger, more diverse, progressive candidates are enjoying a recent surge in support.