Loss of experienced election officials could mean trouble for Pennsylvania’s 2024 election

BY: - February 22, 2024

Recent ballot printing and administration errors in Greene and Luzerne counties, among others, show that having less-experienced county administrators can result in more problems occurring in an election

Pennsylvania election headlines you might have missed | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - October 27, 2023

In lieu of reader questions this week, the Capital-Star has compiled a few important election-related articles that you might have missed from across the Commonwealth. 

Sec. Schmidt answers voting questions ahead of the Nov. 7 general election | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - October 20, 2023

With the general election weeks away, Secretary of State Al Schmidt took questions from reporters.

Bills to improve voting access for incarcerated individuals draw support from lawmakers, advocates

BY: - October 18, 2023

Supporters of House Bill 1756 and its counterpart House Bill 1757 — bills that would permit all incarcerated individuals to vote in Pennsylvania, provide voter information to correctional facilities, and direct the Department of State to create a “uniform policy for civic education” in correctional institutions — are hoping to garner support for the legislation currently before the House State Government Committee. 

How is secrecy preserved with mail-in ballots? | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - October 6, 2023

Welcome to the Capital-Star’s election mailbag: a weekly round-up of voting questions, crowdsourced from you — our readers.  Here’s this week’s question and answer: You asked: Article VII Section 4 of the PA constitution requires that secrecy in voting be preserved. How is this done with mail-in ballots? For example, what prevents an overbearing spouse […]

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)

Understanding ID requirements for voters | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - September 29, 2023

Welcome to the Capital-Star’s election mailbag: a weekly round-up of voting questions, crowdsourced from you — our readers.  Here’s this week’s question and answer: You asked: When is Pa. going to require Photo ID? A: While there have been legislative attempts to require voters to provide identification, Pennsylvania does not generally require a photo ID […]


It’s time for Pennsylvania to open its primary elections to all voters

BY: - September 15, 2023

This article is part of U.S. Democracy Day, a nationwide collaborative on Sept. 15, the International Day of Democracy, in which news organizations cover how democracy works and the threats it faces. To learn more, visit Pennsylvania’s closed primaries keep most voters out of a key part of the decision-making process, namely which candidates […]

Your election questions answered | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - September 15, 2023

Why? The Capital-Star’s voters’ guide aims to answer the most commonly asked election questions, but we recognize that our guides might not answer every question readers have about the election or the voting process in Pennsylvania. 

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Opinion: Four ways to make Pennsylvania’s elections better right now

BY: - September 15, 2023

By Jeff Greenburg We are heading into a second presidential election cycle since the enactment of Act 77, the no-excuse mail voting law, and very basic election issues remain unaddressed by the General Assembly. That is unconscionable. Four relatively easy fixes would benefit all county election officials and thousands of voters in our Commonwealth. Forcing […]

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Everything you need to know to vote in the Nov. 7 general election

BY: - September 6, 2023

The November general election is 10 weeks away.  To help voters prepare to cast their ballots, the Capital-Star has compiled this guide of deadlines and helpful resources.  How do I register to vote? New voters can register one of four ways — online, by mail, at a PennDOT driver’s license center, or at your county […]

Planned Parenthood focusing on Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court race in new ad

BY: - August 17, 2023

The ad campaign, launched on Thursday by Planned Parenthood Votes, the political committee established by Planned Parenthood in 2010, attacks Republican candidate Carolyn Carluccio, who is running against Democrat Daniel McCaffery for the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Max Baer last September. 

U.S. Senate prospect McCormick to share stage with GOP operative tied to fake elector scheme

BY: - August 10, 2023

McCormick started the PAC that DeMarco chairs to support other Republican candidates. In its most recent filing with the Pennsylvania Department of State, it reported just more than $1 million in donations with the vast majority from Republican mega-donor Jeff Yass.