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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:

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)

The Vote-By-Mail Controversy

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

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

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)