election-issues

Not just Ohio: Biased language is the hot new tactic to thwart ballot measures

BY: - September 1, 2023

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Monday against what they call “deceptive” ballot language produced by Ohio officials for the state’s closely-watched upcoming referendum on the issue. But it isn’t just the Buckeye State that’s lately seeing fierce battles over the once-obscure topic of ballot language. In recent weeks, officials in Missouri — where another abortion-rights […]

Pa. Senate committee approves Shapiro’s pick for elections chief

BY: - June 26, 2023

Acting Secretary of State Al Schmidt's nomination now goes to the full Senate for a vote.

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

GOP-led states plan new voter data systems to replace one they rejected. Good luck with that

BY: - May 30, 2023

Some states, including Texas and Virginia, have said they plan to create their own data-sharing networks to replace ERIC

U.S. Supreme Court to consider case that could radically reshape the country’s elections

BY: - October 14, 2022

At issue is the 'independent state legislature' theory, which could give state lawmakers broad latitude to impact elections.

Wave of GOP primary challengers seek Harrisburg shakeup over mail-in voting, pandemic response

BY: - April 19, 2022

Among those who face opponents  are House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, both chambers’ top budget officials — House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh — and a handful of other minor members of leadership, as well as a number of rank-and-file members.

Corman to stay in GOP governor primary, though election logistics meant his fate was sealed

BY: - April 13, 2022

The highest-ranking Pennsylvania Senate Republican attempted to end his gubernatorial campaign — but it’s unclear if he could have had his name physically removed from the ballot even if he followed through with it. In a filing on Tuesday afternoon, Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman, R-Centre, said he was ending his campaign and asked […]

Josh Shapiro about to speak a press conference

Capital-Star Q+A: Josh Shapiro on the death penalty, climate and Harrisburg

BY: - April 8, 2022

The only Democratic gubernatorial candidate on the ballot in 2022 says he's here to take on 'big fights.'

Pennsylvania’s mail-in voting law has its day in Supreme Court

BY: - March 8, 2022

Roles were reversed in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday, as attorneys argued over the fate of the state’s three-year-old mail-in voting law, with lawyers for Gov. Tom Wolf arguing to protect legislative power, and lawyers for 14 dissident lawmakers arguing to undo a law that 11 of them had voted to approve. The law, […]

Unfair or fair game? The economic gains of private election grants | Analysis

BY: - December 24, 2021

A number of states have already moved to ban these types of grants from being used to fund election administration.

Pa. statewide judge race heads to recount, GOP requests another in Chester County

BY: - November 10, 2021

The recount is the latest sign of the tightening in many races that appeared to be going well for Republicans on Election Night.

14 House Republicans file lawsuit to strike down Pa.’s vote-by mail law. 11 voted for it

BY: - September 2, 2021

Fourteen Pennsylvania House Republicans filed a new lawsuit this week alleging that the state’s vote-by-mail law, which was passed with near-unanimous Republican support in 2019, is unconstitutional. The 34-page suit filed in Commonwealth Court on Tuesday night asks for the state court to declare the law unconstitutional, and prevent the state from issuing mail-in ballots […]

Capital-Star Q+A: 2022 GOP gov. candidate Jason Richey on taxes, hyperloop, and voting

BY: - August 27, 2021

The Capital-Star is trying to sit down with as many candidates as possible to ask them about their campaigns, background, and issues impacting Pennsylvanians.