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Pennsylvania County That Ran Out of Paper Ballots Fails to Certify Election Results

By Jack Phillips A county in Pennsylvania that didn’t have enough paper ballots on Election Day failed to certify the results of the Nov. 8 midterms by the Nov. 28 deadline. The Luzerne County Board of Elections split 2–2 to certify the results, while one member abstained from voting. It’s unclear what the next steps are. Republican board […]

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Biden Comment on Shutting Coal Plants Lost Pennsylvania for Democrats: Ex-White House Adviser

By Jack Phillips President Joe Biden may have lost votes in Pennsylvania’s statewide races after he made a comment about shutting down coal plants, said a former White House economic adviser. “In some sense, Biden seemingly channeled Hillary Clinton’s comment back in 2016 in West Virginia and Ohio, when she was talking about shutting down the coal mines, and she […]

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Orders Undated, Wrongly Dated Ballots to Not Be Counted

By Mimi Nguyen Ly The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered counties to not count any ballots that are in undated or incorrectly dated envelopes in the upcoming Nov. 8 elections, siding with national and state Republican groups in a lawsuit filed just over two weeks ago. “The Pennsylvania county boards of elections are hereby ORDERED to refrain […]

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Pennsylvania’s Department of State Has Sent Out 249,000 Ballots to Unverified Voters in 2022 Election

By Beth Brelje In Pennsylvania, the Department of State has allowed at least 249,000 unverified voters to receive mail-in ballots so far in the 2022 general election, due to an odd process for verifying the identity of those requesting mail-in ballots where people vote first and verify their identification later. The Department of State also recently changed directives […]

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Republicans Sue Pennsylvania Officials Who Said They’ll Accept Mail-In Ballots Without Dates

By Zachary Stieber Republicans have sued Pennsylvania officials after the state’s top elections official said mail-in ballots without dates will be accepted, in contravention to state law. A group of Pennsylvania voters, the Republican National Committee, and the Pennsylvania Republican Party filed the lawsuit (pdf) with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, asking justices to quickly declare illegal guidance from the […]

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Jan. 6 Panel May Try to Influence Pennsylvania Governor’s Race: Mastriano Attorney

By Beth Brelje State Sen. Doug Mastriano, Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial nominee, is scheduled to meet with the Jan. 6 Committee Aug. 9. It was to be a voluntary interview, but the committee is now demanding a compelled deposition. “Your committee is not legally able to conduct compelled depositions, which is why all of my clients have […]

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Pennsylvania Patriots Join Forces to Demand Election Integrity

By Beth Brelje Representatives from more than 70 political activism groups in Pennsylvania are demanding that their legislators repeal no-excuse mail-in voting and secure the commonwealth’s election processes. Many of them gathered at the capital in Harrisburg on May 11. Leaders from each group signed an “election integrity declaration” calling for the legislature to return the law to […]

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Questions Linger About Pennsylvania’s 2020 Election Results and GOP Response

By Beth Brelje The certified 2020 election results in Pennsylvania show Joe Biden won with 80,555 more votes than Donald Trump. But when then-Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar certified the vote on Nov. 24, 2020, the state had 784,752 more ballots than voters; nearly ten times more than Biden’s margin of victory. There are legitimate reasons for over-votes; for […]

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Pennsylvania Judges Strike Down School Mask Mandate

By Zachary Stieber A court in Pennsylvania on Wednesday struck down an order that required masks in schools. Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam’s order, which also mandated masks in child care facilities, violated state laws outlining how regulations are promulgated, the Commonwealth Court said in a 4–1 ruling. Beam issued the order on Aug. 31 but Gov. Tom Wolf had […]

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Vaccine Mandate Violates Constitutional Rights: Pennsylvania Lawsuit

By Beth Brelje Have you had your COVID-19 vaccination? This has become a loaded question with implications beyond health. A Pennsylvania lawsuit argues that receiving or declining a vaccine has become a political act, and when employers compel employees to get vaccinated, they are forcing employees to engage in political speech, a violation of the First Amendment, […]