Election News


With a key race too close to call, here are 4 takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries

Posted on May 18, 2022

Five states held primary elections Tuesday.

They once again tested former President Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican side — with mixed results; President Biden looks to have suffered a loss with one of his endorsements; a key U.S. Senate race is too close to call; and a controversial congressman lost his bid for reelection.

The results are in — well, most of them. Here’s some of what they tell us:
1. Waiting on Pennsylvania

The headliner state was Pennsylvania, and especially the key Senate race there. In the GOP primary, Mehmet Oz — that’s celebrity TV doctor Dr. Oz — was pitted against David McCormick, a former hedge fund head who spent millions of his own money in the race, and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette.

Read the full story »

NPR/WPSU

 

Doug Mastriano wins GOP nomination for Pennsylvania governor

Posted on May 18, 2022

Pennsylvania state Sen. Doug Mastriano has emerged as the winner from a crowded Republican primary for governor, according to a race call from The Associated Press.

A retired Army colonel, Mastriano has risen to prominence espousing far-right views directly to a homegrown network of online supporters. He’s also known for his support of a lie that widespread election fraud led to former President Donald Trump’s loss in 2020. For that, Mastriano received Trump’s endorsement.

Read the full story »

WITF/WPSU

 

Take Note: WPSU talks with three gubernatorial candidates in the crowded Republican primary

Posted on May 16, 2022

Pennsylvania’s primary election is May 17, and this year, voters will pick their nominee for governor. On the Democratic side, the race is not competitive. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the only candidate on the ballot. But on the Republican side, eight candidates are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor. There had been nine candidates, but Senate President Pro Tem Jake Corman announced Thursday he was dropping out of the race…

Read the full story »

WPSU

 

I voted sign

Pa. Election Day 2022: A complete guide to the May 17 primary, including how to vote, find your polling place, understand mail-in ballots, and more

Posted on May 10, 2022

More than a few things have changed since Pennsylvanians last went to the polls. Your congressional and legislative districts might be different, some counties are supervising or reducing drop boxes, and the mail-in voting law has been ruled unconstitutional — but, for now, it remains in effect and a valid form of voting.

Read the full story »

Spotlight PA

 

Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor: A guide to the 2022 primary and candidates

Posted on May 10, 2022

What’s at stake : The lieutenant governor’s office doesn’t have a long list of official responsibilities, but the role’s gravity transcends its historically low profile (scandal and star power notwithstanding). In addition to refereeing the state Senate, the LG chairs the Board of Pardons and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. The job also requires keeping tabs on local government agencies across the diverse, massive Keystone State…

Read the full story »

WESA

 

Take Note: WPSU talks with three of the candidates running in the Republican primary for Pennsylvania governor

Posted on May 9, 2022

Pennsylvania’s primary election is May 17, and this year, voters will pick their nominees for governor. On the Democratic side, the race is not competitive. Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the only candidate on the ballot. But on the Republican side, nine candidates are vying for their party’s nomination to be governor. WPSU invited all of those candidates for interviews leading up to the primary. On this week’s Take Note, WPSU’s Anne Danahy talked with Charlie Gerow, Nche Zama and Jake Corman, starting with Charlie Gerow. Here are their conversations.

Read the full story »

WPSU

 

4 top governor candidates

Pa.’s GOP gubernatorial frontrunners want no abortion, no mail voting, and lots of fracking

Posted on April 28, 2022

No matter who wins Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary, the candidate will probably be someone who supports essentially outlawing abortion, getting rid of mail voting, dramatically expanding fracking, and slashing regulations on drillers and other industries.

Indeed, throughout an hour-long debate in Harrisburg on Wednesday — the first debate in which all the frontrunners shared a stage — the four candidates had few real policy disagreements.

Read the full story »

WHYY

 

PA independent candidate

Pa. Election Day 2022: Why independents can’t vote for candidates this May, and the push to change that

Posted on April 27, 2022

Pennsylvania is one of only nine states with a closed primary system. People who register without a party affiliation or with smaller third parties, such as the Green or the Libertarian Party, are unable to vote for Democratic or Republican candidates in the spring races that determine who runs in the general election.

Primary races can be especially important in areas where voters heavily favor one party as they essentially decides which candidate will win the position.

Nearly 1.3 million of the state’s 8.7 million registered voters are unaffiliated with the two major parties, a number that rose by nearly 10% between 2016 and 2020 — outpacing gains made by Democrats and Republicans.

That’s one of the reasons why Ballot PA — a coalition of civic and community organizations including Common Cause PA, the League of Women Voters, and the Committee of Seventy — has launched a campaign to open Pennsylvania’s closed primary system.

Read the full story »

Spotlight PA

 

Dave White

Amid Trump-initiated turbulence in the Pa. governor race, Dave White makes his move

Posted on April 25, 2022

Going into the Republican primary for Pennsylvania governor, one of Dave White’s goals was “peaking at the right time.”

The former union steamfitter and Delaware County Council member, who owns a profitable HVAC company, has been self-funding his way to a respectable standing in polling of the crowded race. Most surveys have had him in third or fourth place in the field of nine, behind better-known politicians like State Sen. Doug Mastriano and former congressman Lou Barletta, and jockeying with former U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain.

But after a tumultuous period that saw McSwain suffer an anti-endorsement from Donald Trump, White saw an opening.

Read the full story »

 

John Fetterman

Democratic candidates for Pa.’s open U.S. Senate seat put Fetterman on the hot seat

Posted on April 25, 2022

The May primary race for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat is picking up speed. And Thursday, three Democratic candidates took part in a rapid-fire televised debate in Harrisburg that landed the perceived frontrunner on the hot seat.

Recent polling shows Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in the lead for the Democratic nomination. But he was grilled about a 2013 incident when he was mayor of Braddock where he allegedly pointed a gun at an unarmed Black man he suspected of committing a crime.

Read the full story »

WLVR

 

Upcoming Elections May 17, 2022 is the Primary Election

Posted on January 24, 2022

Upcoming Elections
May 17, 2022 is the Primary Election
Polls are open on election day from 7 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Last day to register to vote: May 2, 2022
Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: May 10, 2022
Learn about Primary Elections.

November 8, 2022 is the General Election
Polls are open on election day from 7 A.M. – 8 P.M.
Last day to register to vote: October 24, 2022
Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: November 1, 2022
Learn about General Elections.

Read the full story »

DOS Voting & Election Information

 

Pennsylvania redistricting panel enters final stretch to complete House, Senate maps

Posted on January 23, 2022

HARRISBURG — The panel charged with drawing Pennsylvania’s new legislative districts must now weigh over 6,000 comments from a month-long public feedback period before voting on final versions of the maps.

The Legislative Reapportionment Commission — a five-person panel composed of top party leaders and chaired by an independent member — has until mid-February to make changes to its proposed House and Senate maps, according to the state constitution.

Once the panel approves its final versions, “any aggrieved person” then has 30 days to bring challenges against one or both maps to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

Read the full story »

by Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA

 

Proposed congressional map advances in Pa. legislature as Wolf, top lawmakers prepare for court battle

Posted on January 23, 2022

HARRISBURG — A state Senate panel voted Tuesday to advance a redrawing of Pennsylvania’s congressional map as a top Republican expressed hope that his party and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf could still reach a compromise with a court deadline looming.

Nonpartisan analysts say the map, first proposed by House Republicans, has a clear GOP advantage. While stopping short of vowing a veto, Wolf previously said he opposes the map in its current form and expressed concern regarding the map’s partisan bias.

Read the full story »

by Kate Huangpu of Spotlight PA

 

Pa. court sets deadline to break stalemate on redrawing congressional map

Posted on January 23, 2022

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A statewide court has given lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf two weeks to break a stalemate around redrawing Pennsylvania’s congressional districts to account for a decade of demographic shifts.

The Commonwealth Court issued the order Friday, acting on a request last month for it to get involved in the process. It set Jan. 30 for the deadline for it to render its judgment on proposals that are submitted to it.

Read the full story »

 

Participate in the Redistricting Process

Posted on January 13, 2022

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: https://www.wesa.fm/politics-government/2022-01-12/pennsylvania-house-votes-for-gop-favored-congressional-redistricting-plan)

Read the full story »

Pennsylvania Redistricting

 

Pa. House approves proposed congressional map as court challenges loom

Posted on January 13, 2022

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.

Read the full story »

Spotlight PA

 

Pennsylvania Live Election Results 2020

Posted on November 6, 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.

Read the full story »

NPR/WPSU

 

Live Updates: 2020 Election

Posted on November 4, 2020

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:

Read the full story »

NPR

 

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.

Read the full story »

AP/WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

WPSU/NPR

 

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.

Read the full story »

WPSU/NPR

 

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.

Read the full story »

WPSU/NPR

 

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.

Read the full story »

AP/WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

AP/WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

AP/WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

AP/WPSU

 

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.

Read the full story »

AP/WPSU

 


Return to Vote '18 Home Page »