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2020 Pennsylvania General Elections

This curation of articles is intended to help readers of The Post better know people and understand issues involved in the Nov. 3 (2020) Pennsylvania general elections. Click on any headline to read a story at its source:

Aug. 7, 2020

Warning! The 2020 TV ad wars are starting
Donald Trump and Joe Biden will visit you a lot between now and Nov. 3. Their presidential bid promoters are rolling out huge advertising campaigns for the fall election season in PA. (PA Post)

The conflict behind a quest to purge up to 800,000 voters from Pa.’s rolls
Judicial Watch alleges up to 800,000 commonwealth voters should be classified as “inactive,” and that Pennsylvania and several counties are inadequately carrying out federal and state voter laws. (PA Post)

Local Elections

July 20, 2020

Lawsuit Could Affect County Drop-Off Vote Boxes
A federal court lawsuit has been filed in Pennsylvania opposing the use of mail ballot drop-off boxes, like those Montgomery County relied upon during the 2020 primaries. Hearing dates are set in September.

July 14, 2020

Presidential elections usually inspire a big jump in voter registration. Not in PA this year
Voter registration activity fell significantly as the pandemic upended life across Pennsylvania. (The Inquirer)

July 11, 2020

Montgomery County officials preparing for November election with eyes on pandemic
Montgomery County officials are preparing for Pennsylvani’a general election in November by addressing the expected large turnout, a likely surge in mail-in ballots, and equipment to help the counting process. (Phoenix, Item and Reporter)

PA in National Elections

Aug. 6, 2020

Court Allows Voters and Groups to Intervene in Lawsuit
A federal court in Pittsburgh has ruled voting-rights advocacy groups and voters themselves can intervene in a lawsuit challenging a key Pennsylvania election practice. (Public News Service)

July 29, 2020

Campaigns bring dueling messages to Pennsylvania this week
Vice President Mike Pence will make another law-and-order-themed pitch in Pennsylvania, as former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign delivers its own message of how schools should be reopened. (associated Press)

July 27, 2020

Bill Supports Ballot Access for People with Disabilities
A bill introduced in the House by Montgomery County 5th District Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon would provide state grants to improve accessibility for registration, absentee voting, and voting in person. (Public News Service)

July 22, 2020

Pennsylvania, becoming more racially diverse, could be a big deal for the election
Demographic data shows if President Trump intends to capture the commonwealth again this year, he can’t rely on the same coalition he relied on four years ago. (PA Post)

July 14, 2020

Pa. Democrats file suit in state court to counter election rules case filed by Trump campaign
Pennsylvania’s Democratic Party is suing the state’s top elections agency and all 67 county election boards over a variety of items in the commonwealth’s vote-by-mail process. (PA Post)

July 8, 2020

Pence, Biden to hit Pennsylvania campaign trail on same day
Former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign in Pennsylvania on Thursday, the same day that his successor, Mike Pence, will make several stops in the premier presidential battleground state. (Associated Press)

June 30, 2020

Trump campaign sues over mail-in drop-off sites for ballots
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, the national Republican Party, and four members of Congress sued Monday to force changes in how the state collects and counts mail-in ballots. (Associated Press)

State Elections

Aug. 4, 2020

Review of primary prompts elections agency to seek changes
PA’s state elections agency is asking lawmakers to require counties to distribute mail-in ballots earlier for the 2020 General Election and beyond, based on its review of the June 2 primary. (Associated Press)

Aug. 3, 2020

State election officials urge swift legislative action on voting reforms
Changes to state law need to be effective by early September if counties are to implement them in time for the general election, according to a Pennsylvania Department of State report released Saturday. (PA Post)

Aug. 1, 2020

Pennsylvania covering prepaid return postage for mailed ballots
Pennsylvania voters who apply to cast their ballots by mail for the November election won’t have to worry about stamps. State officials announced Friday afternoon they’ll cover the postage cost. (PA Post)

July 26, 2020

How early is too early to start processing mail-in ballots?
Berks County’s letter opener worked well processing mailed ballots — but ruined the carpet, according to Assistant Solicitor Chad Schnee. (Photo by Emily Previti for PA Post, used under agreement)

How early is too early to start processing mail-in ballots?
Witnesses Thursday at a PA hearing on potential election law changes stressed a need to let counties start processing mailed ballots well ahead of Election Day, a practice called pre-canvassing. (PA Post)

July 24, 2020

Pa. Senate panel takes up changes ahead of November election
Lawmakers and election officials were scheduled Thursday for a first in-depth public discussion of election law changes since the June 2 primary, the first major election since the coronavirus shutdown. (PA Post)

June 19, 2020

Auditor’s race poses historic first for candidates of color
Both major political parties have nominated candidates of color for state auditor general in Pennsylvania’s general election. 2020 voters will for the first time elect a racial minority to lead a state executive office. (Associated Press)

Congressional Elections

July 9, 2020

Lawmakers will rule again over redrawing PA political boundaries
While an effort to create an independent commission to draw the state’s congressional and legislative maps has run out of time, a new bill would increase transparency and ban the most egregious practices. (PA Post)

June 19, 2020

GOP candidate for 4th Congressional Dist. offer views on policing
Kathy Barnette, an African American and the Republican candidate running for the state 4th Congressional District seat, offered insights regarding policing in America. (Phoenix, Reporter and Item)