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Archived: 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:

Dec. 30, 2020

Satellite offices gave Pa. voters more options to cast early ballots in person. Were they worth it?
Of the state’s 67 counties, six of the most highly populated opened auxiliary offices for early voting. But after what officials said was the most expensive election ever, counties aren’t sure how, or if, they’ll keep using satellite offices. (Spotlight PA)

Dec. 26, 2020

Presidential election hostilities may fuel fight over courts
The angst, anger and hostility over Pennsylvania’s presidential election result will flow past New Year’s Day. Republicans who control the state Legislature could use the first weeks of 2021 to fast-track a constitutional amendment that would remake the Democratic-majority state Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

Dec. 22, 2020

Pa. election officials are burnt out and leaving their jobs after 2020 ‘nightmare’
Since the passage of the 2019 law that made sweeping changes to voting in Pennsylvania, at least 21 election officials have left or will soon leave their posts. (Spotlight PA)

Dec. 21, 2020

Trump wants Supreme Court to overturn Pa. election results
Undeterred by dismissals and admonitions from judges, President Donald Trump’s campaign continued with its unprecedented efforts to overturn the results of the Nov 3. election Sunday, saying it had filed a new petition with the Supreme Court. (Associated Press)

Dec. 17, 2020

Mailed ballots, tight deadlines caused a crunch for Pa. elections officials
More than 3.1 million Pennsylvania voters applied to vote by mail. A mail ballot should have been sent or delivered to all who applied. It was a bigger-than-expected logistical problem, officials now agree. (Spotlight PA)

Dec. 14, 2020

The 2020 election cost Pa. counties millions in OT, was most expensive ever, officials say
As county officials across the state sort through their ledgers to guide budgets for next year, they’re feeling sticker shock from what they said was far and away the most expensive election in their careers. (Spotlight PA)

Electoral College vote a big step to move past election
When the 20 Pennsylvania loyalists selected by President-elect Joe Biden gather to cast their electoral vote ballots on Monday, it will be a big step toward leaving behind the chaos of the election and its aftermath. (Associated Press)

Dec. 10, 2020

Trump election dispute puts Republicans into contradictions
The drive to overturn President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania is forcing Republicans to take positions that contradict with one another. (Associated Press)

Dec. 9, 2020

High court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden’s Pennsylvania win
The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. (Associated Press)

Dec. 8, 2020

Trump campaign appeals case regarding nearly 2K ballots in Bucks
President Trump’s campaign continues to press lawsuits over Pennsylvania’s election. The campaign has appealed another case to the state Supreme Court, this time over fewer than 2,000 ballots. (WFMZ-TV)

Dec. 6, 2020

A Pa. senator gets a political boost from pushing Trump’s false election claims — with 2022 in sight
Doug Mastriano has gone from obscure lawmaker to unlikely leader of Trump’s unprecedented, if futile, crusade in Pennsylvania to overrule the will of the voters. (Inquirer)

Dec. 5, 2020

GOP leaders ask Congress to reject Pa.’s electors for Joe Biden
More than 60 Republicans including the top lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House are asking the state’s congressional delegation to reject electors for Joe Biden after conceding the General Assembly could not appoint its own. (Spotlight PA)

Dec. 4, 2020

Pandemic, partisan attacks exposed gaps in Pa.’s new mail-in voting law
While many lawmakers agree changes are needed, finding common ground in the current hyper-partisan climate might be difficult — if not impossible. (Spotlight PA)

Supreme Court again asked to block Biden win in Pennsylvania
Fresh off another rejection in Pennsylvania’s courts, Republicans on Thursday again asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state. State lawyers say fatal flaws in the original case mean justices are highly unlikely to grant it. (Associated Press)

Dec. 1, 2020

Pa. counties reported no major issues with Dominion voting machines, a Trump target
Pennsylvania Republicans are echoing President Donald Trump’s distrust of Dominion Voting Systems machines, despite the fact that Trump won in 12 of 14 counties using those devices. A federal agency report found no proof the machines were compromised “in any way.” (Spotlight PA)

Nov. 29, 2020

Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election
Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot in the latest lawsuit attempting to thwart President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state. (Associated Press)

Nov. 27, 2020

Trump refuses to accept Biden’s win as transition proceeds
President Donald Trump on Wednesday baselessly claimed anew that he had won the election, and uttered repeated falsehoods when he called into Gettysburg PA event held by Pennsylvania Republicans to investigate unproven allegations of voter fraud. (Associated Press)

Nov. 25, 2020

In rare move, bipartisan panel rejects Pa. House request to audit 2020 election
An attempt by Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature to audit the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election failed Monday when a bipartisan panel rejected it, citing its redundancy. 24th District state Sen. Bob Mensch cast the only vote favoring an audit. (Spotlight PA)

Biden certified as winner of Pennsylvania presidential vote
Democrat Joe Biden was certified Tuesday as winner of the presidential election in Pennsylvania, culminating three weeks of vote counting and a string of failed legal challenges by President Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Nov. 24, 2020

County by county, Pennsylvania officials report vote results
County election boards across Pennsylvania faced a deadline Monday to certify election results to the Department of State. Its spokesperson declined to say which counties have reported, and it was unclear whether an update would be issued at day’s end. (Associated Press)

Nov. 23, 2020

Pa. counties expect to sign off on election results by Monday
Republicans attempting to cast doubt on Pennsylvania’s results and question the election process have failed to provide evidence of fraud. On Monday, those results will be one step closer to becoming official when counties certify them to the state’s top election official. (Spotlight PA)

Trump appeals rejection of effort to block Pennsylvania vote
President Donald Trump is appealing a federal judge’s dismissal of his campaign’s effort to block the certification of votes in Pennsylvania. The president and other plaintiffs filed notice of appeal to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sunday. (Associated Press)

Nov. 20, 2020

Republicans OK election study despite House Dems’ opposition
Republicans in the Pennsylvania House succeeded Thursday in directing a state agency to conduct a review of election procedures despite unified opposition from Democrats. (Associated Press)

Nov. 19, 2020

State House Republicans vote for election procedures study
State House Republicans on Wednesday pushed a proposal to review election procedures in Pennsylvania. Its author insisted he accepts, and is not trying to overturn, voting results. (Associated Press)

Nov. 18, 2020

Pa. Supreme Court rules against Trump campaign in Philadelphia poll watchers case
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Philadelphia election officials in the poll watchers lawsuit filed after the election, saying they acted properly in setting rules for all poll watchers, including those from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. (KYW NewsRadio)

A rusty Giuliani returns to the courtroom on Trump’s behalf
Former federal prosecutor and New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani showed some rust Tuesday as he tried to make the case in a Williamsport PA courtroom that President Donald Trump has been robbed of re-election. (Associated Press)

Nov. 17, 2020

Trump campaign lawsuit over Pennsylvania vote heads to court
A hearing on the Trump campaign’s federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track for Tuesday after a judge quickly denied the campaign’s new lawyer’s request for a delay. (Associated Press)

Pennsylvania voters sour on state of nation
Voters in Pennsylvania made their pick for president while holding negative views about the country’s direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. (Associated Press)

Nov. 16, 2020

Trump campaign retreats from key claim in Pennsylvania suit
Ahead of a Tuesday hearing, Trump’s campaign dropped the allegation that 682,479 mail-in and absentee ballots were illegally processed without its representatives watching. (Associated Press)

Nov. 14, 2020

Pennsylvania Won’t Need a Recount to Certify Biden Victory, State Says
President-elect Joe Biden and other statewide election winners in Pennsylvania are all past the margin that would trigger a recount, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said in a news statement Friday. (NBC10-TV)

Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down
Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case. (Associated Press)

Nov. 12, 2020

4,200 Provisional Ballots Challenged In Montco; Hearing Scheduled
Poll watchers have challenged the validity of thousands of provisional ballots that were cast in Montgomery County during the 2020 election. An upcoming hearing organized by the county Board of Election will consider each of the 4,223 objections. It’s set for Thursday (today). (Patch)

Few legal wins so far as Trump team hunts for proof of fraud
During a Pennsylvania court hearing this week on one of the many election lawsuits brought by President Donald Trump, a judge asked a campaign lawyer whether he had found any signs of fraud from among the 592 ballots challenged. The answer was no. (Associated Press)

Nov. 10, 2020

Trump campaign sues to block Pa. from certifying election results
The Trump campaign has filed a wide-ranging federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania and a handful of counties, asking for an emergency order to prevent the certification of election results. (KYW NewsRadio)

Nov. 9, 2020

Fraud claims aimed in part at keeping Trump base loyal
The strategy to wage a legal fight against the votes tallied for Biden in Pennsylvania and other places is more to provide Trump with an off-ramp for a loss he can’t quite grasp and less about changing the election’s outcome, the officials said. (Associated Press)

Nov. 7, 2020

Some ballots still under review in Montgomery County as canvassing continues
Montgomery County election officials said there are a number of ballots still under review as part of the official canvassing process. Still to be counted or reconciled: provisional, military and overseas ballots, as well as mail-in ballots received by a court-ordered Friday deadline.

Pennsylvania vote counters’ toil to extend into next week
Canvassing that in a normal year would have wrapped up Friday will carry into next week. Tens of thousands of mail-in ballots remain, as well as provisional ballots, and from military and overseas voters.

Suspended animation: Count drags on as Biden nears victory
The U.S. presidential race hovered in suspended animation Saturday. Vote counting continued. Democrat Joe Biden edged closer to a victory over President Donald Trump with in leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia. (Associated Press)

Democrats fell in races across the state, and the infighting has begun
It was supposed to be a historic year for Pennsylvania Democrats, but those dreams have evaporated. Republicans held the majority in the state House and Senate, and were poised to possibly gain seats. (Spotlight PA)

Nov. 6, 2020

Elections chief: Pennsylvania making good headway in count
Pennsylvania had hundreds of thousands of ballots left to count Thursday, a number that state officials expected to dwindle rapidly as Democrat Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump fought to the end for the White House. (Associated Press)

States still in play and what makes them that way
A handful of states remained in play Thursday in the tightly contested U.S. presidential race. The outcome of contests in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Nevada will determine whether Democrat Joe Biden, or President Donald Trump wins. (Associated Press)

With counting winding down, Trump team pushes legal fights
In Pennsylvania, the Trump campaign won an appellate ruling to get party and campaign observers closer to election workers who are processing mail-in ballots in Philadelphia, but the order did not affect the counting of ballots. (Associated Press)

Nov. 5, 2020

The months-long political saga that guaranteed a long vote count in Pennsylvania
The delay in results from Pennsylvania — now the focus of an eager nation awaiting the outcome of the presidential election — was not inevitable, but instead the product of a contentious disagreement between state politicians. (Spotlight PA)

Biden pushes closer to victory in race for the White House
Democrat Joe Biden was pushing closer to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to carry the White House, securing victories in the “blue wall” battlegrounds of Wisconsin and Michigan and narrowing President Donald Trump’s path. (Associated Press)

Trump sues in 3 states, laying ground for contesting outcome
President Donald Trump’s campaign put into action the legal strategy the president had signaled for weeks: attacking the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat. (Associated Press)

Nov. 3, 2020

Trump promises court fight over Pennsylvania absentee votes
President Donald Trump and his reelection campaign are signaling they will pursue an aggressive legal strategy to try to prevent Pennsylvania from counting mailed ballots that are received in the three days after the election. (Associated Press)

A new wave of Pa. poll workers will face a major test Tuesday
Between COVID-19, revised rules and voting procedures, veiled threats of violence, and President Donald Trump sowing doubts about the fairness of the process, election experts predict a challenging day for an enlarged group of poll workers, many of them new. (Spotlight PA)

Nov. 2, 2020

Harassment, anger, misinformation as PA county officials struggle to keep 2020 election on track
They’re working 80-hour weeks, hiring armies of temporary workers, and renting extra space to keep them safe as they pledge to count votes by Friday after Election Day. (Spotlight PA)

Pennsylvania officials make final plea to voters to submit their ballots on time
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar took to the Sunday shows to make one final request to commonwealth voters to get their mail-in and absentee ballots submitted as soon as possible for the upcoming election. (Philly Voice)

Nov. 1, 2020

Will Pa. be at the center of another Bush v. Gore? Eight lawyers and scholars weigh in.
A too-close-to-call election night. A supreme court and a legislature at odds with each other. A pivotal swing state with a large number of electoral votes up for grabs. A challenge over which ballots should be counted. A barrage of lawsuits. Sound familiar? (Spotlight PA)

Road to 270: Biden has options, Trump walks narrow path
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden each has a path to the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. Biden’s is appreciably wider. Pennsylvania plays a huge role in either. (Associated Press)

Oct. 30, 2020

President Trump to campaign in Bucks, Berks on Saturday
President Donald Trump is set to make a final campaign push Saturday in Pennsylvania, in part with a rally at the Reading Regional Airport in Bern Township at 4 p.m. (WFMZ-TV)

Late-arriving mail-in ballots count in Pennsylvania, for now
Mail-in ballots received by Pennsylvania counties within three days of polls closing will count, the presidential battleground state’s top election official said Thursday, although she cautioned that more litigation could change that. (Associated Press)

Oct. 29, 2020

Pennsylvanians urged to drop off mail-in ballots in person
With six days until Election Day, Pennsylvania’s top elections official on Wednesday urged state voters, who have 1 million mail-in ballots outstanding, to drop them off in person rather than mail them. (FOX29-TV)

Supreme Court Denies Review Of Republican Appeal To Exclude Pennsylvania Ballots Received After Election Day
The Supreme Court on Wednesday said it would not grant a quick, pre-election review to a new Republican appeal to exclude Pennsylvania absentee ballots received after Election Day. (CBS3-TV)

Oct. 27, 2020

Millions pour into Pa. House, Senate races as Democrats vie for control
Four of the many committees that are heavily involved in state legislative races have alone spent more than $16.9 million this year. (Spotlight PA)

Trump, Biden hit battleground Pennsylvania amid pandemic
President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden zeroed in Monday on Pennsylvania, demonstrating starkly different approaches to rallying voters, just eight days before polls close during the worst public health crisis in a century. (Associated Press)

Oct. 26, 2020

Trump intensifies fracking assault on Biden in Pennsylvania
In a late gambit to win Pennsylvania, President Donald Trump and GOP allies have intensified attacks on Joe Biden over fracking, hoping to drive a wedge between the former vice president voters tied to the state’s booming natural gas industry. (Associated Press)

Oct. 25, 2020

GOP asks 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 state from counting mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election. (Associated Press)

Democrats hope to ride spending wave to state House majority
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. (Associated Press)

Oct. 24, 2020

Ballots can’t be tossed out over voter signature, court says
Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled unanimously Friday on a key concern surrounding an avalanche of mailed ballots, prohibiting counties from rejecting them if the voter’s signature on it does not resemble the signature on the voter’s registration form. (Associated Press)

Oct. 23, 2020

Pa. officials confirm all mail-in ballots are getting processed, but how fast is hard to say
There is a delay between when a mail-in ballot is processed and when the confirmation email goes out to the voter. That’s causing some panic among voters — and apparently some confusion among elections officials. (KYW NewsRadio)

Talks collapse on a deal to let Pa. counties open mail ballots before Election Day
Negotiations between the Republican-led legislature and Gov. Tom Wolf to let counties begin opening mail ballots in Pennsylvania before Election Day appeared to collapse Wednesday, setting up a potential nightmare scenario with the state counting millions of ballots for days after Nov. 3. (Spotlight PA)

Oct. 21, 2020

What to do if you haven’t received your mail ballot yet in Pennsylvania
While many voters have already received their ballots and submitted their votes, others have been left worrying. Breathe. You’ve got options. (Inquirer)

Oct. 20, 2020

High court allows 3-day extension for Pennsylvania ballots
The Supreme Court will allow Pennsylvania to count mailed-in ballots received up to three days after the Nov. 3 election, rejecting a Republican plea in the state. (Associated Press)

Top Pa. election official says ‘overwhelming majority’ of votes will be counted by Friday after Election Day
Pennsylvania’s top election official is confident that “the overwhelming majority” of the state’s votes will be counted soon after Nov. 3, even as a record number of residents register to vote and apply to cast ballots by mail. (Spotlight PA)

Prospects dim for critical election bill in Pennsylvania
With 15 days until the presidential election, Republican Pennsylvania lawmakers showed no sign Monday they were ready to pass legislation allowing counties to process mail-in ballots before Election Day. (Associated Press)

Oct. 19, 2020

Record Number Of Pennsylvanians Have Filed To Register To Vote As Monday Deadline Looms
The deadline for voter registration in Pennsylvania is Monday. Record levels of people have filed their paperwork, according to the Department of State. (CBS3-TV)

Everything PA poll watchers can — and can’t — do on Election Day, explained
Polling places are intended to be safe spaces devoid of political influence, allowing people to cast their ballot freely. So what exactly is a poll watcher? What are they allowed to do? (Spotlight PA)

Oct. 18, 2020

State could become ‘ground zero’ for court battles on and after Election Day
Pennsylvania could be ground zero in the country for determining the outcome of the presidential election because of the delays from litigation. (Spotlight PA)

Oct. 16, 2020

Talks on critical election legislation in Pennsylvania stall
Closed-door talks on legislation to produce a prompt election result in Pennsylvania appeared stuck Thursday between the Democratic governor and House Republican majority. (Associated Press)

Oct. 15, 2020

Pennsylvania high court to settle voter signatures fight
Pennsylvania’s highest court granted a request Wednesday to hear a case over whether counties should count mail-in ballots when a voter’s signature doesn’t necessarily match the one on their registration. (Associated Press)

Oct. 14, 2020

Mail-in ballot requests pass 2.6M 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 state hotly contested by Trump and Biden. (Associated Press)

Women are running for office in record numbers this year
The number of women running for national political office is the highest it’s ever been, according to new research from the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University. (KYW NewsRadio)

Oct. 13, 2020

Counties still waiting for Pa. to grant more time to open ballot envelopes, but it may be too late
County elections officials have asked the state for months for more time to prepare mail-in ballots for counting. A Legislature review is expected next week, but by that point it may be too late. (KYW NewsRadio)

Resuming campaign travel, Trump to return to Pennsylvania
President Donald Trump plans to travel to Johnstown on Tuesday, his first visit to Pennsylvania following his positive coronavirus test a few days after he was last in the battleground state. (Associated Press)

Oct. 12, 2020

Judge throws out Trump campaign’s Pennsylvania lawsuit
A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday threw out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign, dismissing challenges to the state’s poll-watching law, efforts to limit how mail-in ballots can be collected, and which can be counted. (Associated Press)

Pa. Republicans drop effort to create ‘election integrity’ panel
Pennsylvania Republicans have dropped their plan to create an “election integrity” panel with subpoena power, an effort Democrats feared would lead to a “stealth attack” on voting. (Spotlight PA)

Jill Biden says women in the Philly suburbs where she grew up ‘may determine the entire election’
Jill Biden thanked volunteers and told a group of elected female leaders at a small backyard rally that the 2020 election could be in the hands of Pennsylvania women. (Inquirer)

Oct. 9, 2020

192,000 Ballots On The Way In Montgomery County
The 2020 election has begun. County officials announced that the first wave of 192,000 ballots began to hit the mail last week. (Patch)

Oct. 7, 2020

Court battle erupts over voters’ signatures on mail ballots
Pennsylvania’s top election official has asked the state’s highest court to back her up in a new legal dispute with President Donald Trump’s campaign over whether counties should count mail-in ballots when a voter’s signature doesn’t necessarily match the one on their registration. (Associated Press)

Oct. 6, 2020

Forum highlights stark differences in 4th Congressional District race
The two candidates running for in Pennsylvania’s 4th Congressional District participated in an online forum Sunday night that covered topics ranging from race to guns to Social Security to the economy. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

The Vote-By-Mail Controversy

Oct. 5, 2020

Pa. voter services website goes down as deadlines for mail ballots loom
The outage stretched for more than 24 hours and prompted frustration from voters weeks before critical deadlines for registering to vote and requesting mail ballots. (Inquirer)

Sept. 30, 2020

Pennsylvania counties push for changes to mail ballot law
Pennsylvania’s counties pressed lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf to allow them to process mail-in ballots before Election Day, as they consider waiting to dig into what could be 3 million or more envelopes. (Associated Press)

Sept. 29, 2020

GOP takes Pennsylvania court’s ballot deadline to high court
Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to put a hold on a ruling in the presidential battleground state that extends the deadline in November’s election to receive and count mailed-in ballots. (Associated Press)

Sept. 24, 2020

Pennsylvania counties spend millions to prevent an election nightmare, and count votes faster
Running elections isn’t cheap. Running a presidential election in Pennsylvania, a swing state, during a global pandemic? Dealing with an expected flood of mail ballots? Facing the possibility that actual results won’t be known for days? Now that’s expensive. (The Inquirer)

Sept. 16, 2020

Pennsylvania: Mail ballots can’t be discarded over signature
New guidance from Pennsylvania’s Department of State — which told counties that state law does not allow them to set aside mail-in ballots based on their signature analysis — prompted the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania to drop a lawsuit in federal court Monday. (Associated Press)

Sept. 15, 2020

County election officials still awaiting go-ahead to send out mail-in ballots amid lawsuits
The state has not finalized its ballot, and election day is 50 days away. That puts all county election officials who were supposed to send out absentee or mail-in ballots in a holding pattern. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 8, 2020

Pa. Commonwealth Court to hear case on lack of polling places during pandemic
The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania will hear evidence, starting Tuesday, on the first lawsuit in the state challenging in-person voting conditions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. (KYW NewsRadio)

Sept. 3, 2020

House OKs changes to mail-in voting law; veto threatened
In the shadow of an increasingly strident presidential campaign, Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives approved highly partisan changes to the state’s fledgling mail-in voting law Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Sept. 2, 2020

Pa. GOP advances bill to ban drop boxes, get mail-in ballots to voters earlier
The bill was championed by Republicans as an effort to ensure a secure election, and decried by Democrats as an attack on ballot access. (Spotlight PA)

Pennsylvania high court takes up another election lawsuit
Pennsylvania’s highest court will take up another election-related lawsuit. This one is filed by Democrats in a partisan fight over fixing glitches and gray areas in the mail-in voting law. (Associated Press)

Sept. 1, 2020

Here’s How Pa. Will Get All the Mail-in Ballots Counted in November
Election officials in counties across southeastern Pennsylvania are taking many steps to ensure that all the ballots, mail-in and in-person, are counted in a timely manner come November. (NBC10-TV)

Aug. 28, 2020

Wolf, Republicans at odds over Pennsylvania election law
Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican state lawmakers remained at odds Thursday over how to update Pennsylvania’s voting laws to handle an expected avalanche of mail-in ballots in November. (Associated Press)

Aug. 27, 2020

Pa. Senate Republicans propose changes to mail-in ballot laws
Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Senate propose changes to fix mail-in ballots. County officials, responsible for running elections under state rules, feel the plan would do more harm than good. (KYW NewsRadio)

Aug. 23, 2020

Fixing Pennsylvania mail-in vote glitches goes down to wire
With barely three weeks to go before counties can begin mailing out ballots, lawsuits are filling the vacuum of action to fix problems or ambiguities with Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting laws. (Associated Press)

Aug. 25, 2020

Gray area of mail-in voting law up to Pennsylvania court
It could be up to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to settle crucial questions of election law in the presidential battleground, including whether to count mail-in ballots returned without secrecy envelopes. (Associated Press)

Aug. 15, 2020

Postal service warning needed action, election official says
The state’s top election official said Friday the administration had to act after being warned by the Postal Service that it may be unable to deliver some mail-in ballots by deadline in November. (Associated Press)

Aug. 14, 2020

Pennsylvania asks court to extend mail-in voting deadlines
Citing a warning by the U.S. Postal Service about its delivery times, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration is asking the state Supreme Court to extend deadlines for mail-in ballots to be received in the November election. (Associated Press)

Federal judge orders Trump campaign to provide evidence of PA voter fraud
A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Thursday ordered the Trump campaign and the Republican party to produce evidence of vote-by-mail fraud in the state. (UPI)

Aug. 10, 2020

Philly, suburbs want extra elections offices for a new kind of early voting
Some of Pennsylvania’s largest counties are planning the creation of satellite elections offices where voters could request and submit a mail ballot on the spot. (The Inquirer)

Legislature delays could result in November chaos for election officials, voters
Pennsylvania lawmakers acknowledge they need to change the state’s election code before November to accommodate the expected large number of mail-in ballots. Existing deadlines may already be too tight. (PA Post)

Aug. 9, 2020

Lawsuit challenges signature verification of mail-in ballots
A federal lawsuit filed Friday by the League of Women Voters seeks to force Pennsylvania election officials to change the way voters’ signatures on mail-in ballots are verified, to avoid a risk of their being disenfranchised. (Associated Press)

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?
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 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. (The Post)

June 30, 2020

Bidding for Pennsylvania, Trump trolls Biden in old backyard
Determined to keep Pennsylvania in his column, President Donald Trump took the fight to Joe Biden’s old Scranton backyard, insisting his rival would be the state’s “worst nightmare” if elected president. (Associated Press)

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)

Local Elections

Oct. 5, 2020

New tip line announced to report election ballot issues to Montco detectives
Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele announced measures to secure the sanctity of the election, including a new tip line established to report any election ballot issues or suspicious activities around the boxes. (WFMZ-TV)

Sept. 28, 2020

Montgomery County prepares for election with drop boxes, in-person voting
Montgomery County is updating election information, including the locations of its ballot drop boxes. There will be 10 secure ballot drop boxes across the county, according to county Commissioner Ken Lawrence. (KYW Newsradio)

Sept. 26, 2020

Lawmakers’ power to redraw Pa.’s political maps could be more limited in 2021
Lawmakers are still in charge of drawing Pennsylvania’s political maps, but good-government advocates say a bill making its way through the state Senate would check the most egregious gerrymandering. (Spotlight PA)

Sept. 16, 2020

Officials share wish list for Pa. legislature as they work on rules for upcoming election
Pennsylvania’s secretary of state was joined by the chair of Montgomery County’s Board of Commissioners with a wish list for state legislators for the upcoming election. (KYW NewsRadio)

Sept. 11, 2020

Many More Polling Places Will Be Open Nov. 3, Compared to Pandemic Primary
“We are doing very well with poll workers and knock on wood, we will have polling places back near normal levels Nov. 3,” Montgomery County Commissioner Kenneth Lawrence Jr. said Wednesday. (NBC10-TV)

Aug. 23, 2020

Libertarian candidate on ballot for 147th House District race
The race for the 147th state house district is now one candidate larger. In addition to Democrat Jill Dennin and Republican Tracy Pennycuick, the Pennsylvania Department of State confirmed that Jared Martin, a Libertarian, has also qualified to appear on the ballot. (Phoenix, Reporter, and Item)

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

Oct. 6, 2020

Pennsylvania online voter services restored following outage
Pennsylvania officials said online voter services were restored early Monday. A contractor’s computer problem took down the online voter registration and mail ballot application system. (Associated Press)

Oct. 1, 2020

Pa. Republicans want to create, control ‘election integrity’ panel
The move comes a day after President Donald Trump fanned manufactured claims of election fraud. Alarmed state Democratic lawmakers called it a “stealth attack” on voting. (Spotlight PA)

Sept. 24, 2020

Could the Pa. GOP bypass the popular vote regardless of who wins?
The head of the state Republican Party raised the possibility that the GOP-controlled legislature could choose a slate of presidential electors to cast the state’s votes for Donald Trump. (Spotlight PA)

Sept. 26, 2020

Trump shifts focus to Pennsylvania to shore up reelection
President Donald Trump’s campaign has grown increasingly focused on making inroads in Pennsylvania to offset potential vulnerabilities in other battlegrounds. He’ll travel to the state for the second time in a week on Saturday. (Associated Press)

Sept. 10, 2020

Green Party can stay on Pennsylvania’s ballot, judge says
A judge Wednesday ordered election officials to put the Green Party’s candidate for president on Pennsylvania’s ballot, turning back a court challenge by Democrats eight weeks before the election. (Associated Press)

Sept. 4, 2020

Trump hones law and order message in Pennsylvania
President Donald Trump on Thursday honed the “law and order” message he intends to wield for the next two months against his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, stepping up attacks his campaign believes are resonating with battleground state voters.

Sept. 3, 2020

Trump, Biden will both mark 9/11 anniversary in Shanksville
Both President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at the airplane crash memorial in rural Shanksville PA. (Associated Press)

Sept. 1, 2020

Trump, Pence to follow on Biden’s heels to Pennsylvania
President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are each traveling separately to Pennsylvania this week for campaign events, following Democrat Joe Biden’s speech Monday in Pittsburgh. (Associated Press)

Aug. 24, 2020

Trump campaign’s election lawsuit in Pennsylvania halted
A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Sunday put a high-profile election case on hold, telling President Donald Trump’s campaign that its claims must wait, at least until October. (Associated Press)

Aug. 21, 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)

Aug. 17, 2020

Can Trump win again without winning the most votes? Yes. Pennsylvania shows how.
Trump could become the first president to serve two terms without ever winning a majority of the country’s support. And Pennsylvania is a big reason why. (The Inquirer)

Aug. 11, 2020

Women for Trump bus tour rolls into Montgomery County
The Women for Trump rally stopped in the Montgomery County community of Salfordville with a message to get people registered to vote and then get them to the polls. (WFMZ-TV)

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)

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 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)

State Elections

Sept. 2, 2020

Philly area counties scramble to recruit more — and younger — poll workers for Election Day
County voting officials are intensifying efforts to avoid the kinds of staffing problems that hampered Pennsylvania’s primary in June. In Southeastern PA, younger people are stepping up for a first time. (WHYY-FM)

Aug. 18, 2020

Pennsylvania aims to move election fight to state high court
Pennsylvania is asking the state’s highest court to use its extraordinary authority to take over another election-related lawsuit with critical questions that it says must be settled as soon as possible. (Associated Press)

Aug. 11, 2020

Constraints gone, GOP ramps up effort to monitor voting
A PA lawsuit over an obscure slice of election law is part of the Republican Party’s sweeping plan to expand poll monitoring this election year, in an effort to keep a close watch on who casts ballots. (Associated Press)

Aug. 7, 2020

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)

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)

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

Sept. 6, 2020

After Democrats’ big 2018 gains, more House seats could flip
Pennsylvania Democrats will fight to defend their gains in Congress two years ago and, possibly, add another seat or two as the state’s suburbs continue to turn against President Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

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)