Resources to prepare you for Pa.’s primary election | Five for the Weekend
Everything you need to vote on Tuesday, May 16
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Happy weekend, all
With Pennsylvania’s primary election just days away, the Capital-Star compiled a list of voting and coverage resources to help you cast your ballot.
From voter registration to mail-in ballot requests: what to know ahead of the May 16 primary
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As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
1. With the Pa. House and more at stake, the race to replace a disgraced DelCo lawmaker is heated
A special election for a legislative seat in the Philadelphia suburbs would normally be a quiet affair, but with control of the Pennsylvania House at stake, the campaign to replace former state Rep. Mike Zabel, D-Delaware, is unusually intense.
Zabel resigned in March after several women accused him of sexual harassment. The House Democrats’ narrow 102-101 majority survived the scandal only because Republicans were also down a vote after a member of their caucus was elected to the state Senate in January.
Now, Democratic nominee Heather Boyd and Republican nominee Katie Ford are running what one volunteer called a “knock-and-drag” campaign to turn out voters en masse in a typically low-participation municipal primary.
2. A look back at Pa.’s 2022 U.S. Senate contest and what it says about 2024 | Analysis
Pennsylvania’s high-stakes U.S. Senate race between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz was the quintessential contest of the 2022 midterms.
This competition between two unconventional candidates, in a toss-up state, with control of the Senate majority likely on the line, was naturally the most closely covered election of the season. Yet only in hindsight do we have the ability to fully analyze the result and thus properly assess the entire campaign process.
Now we can take a comprehensive, retrospective look back at the race from its very beginnings all the way to the precinct-level final results. Through this journey we’ll get a fuller understanding of how and why this election unfolded the way it did, and thus be better prepared for 2024 and beyond.
3. Pa. Senate panel approves constitutional amendment accountability measure
Hoping to avoid another advertising error that derails a constitutional amendment from appearing on the ballot, Pennsylvania lawmakers advanced a tracking method to ensure the timely publication of proposed changes before being put forth to voters.
On Tuesday, the Senate State Government Committee unanimously voted to send a Republican-authored bill proposing additional accountability measures for the Department of State for publishing proposed constitutional amendments to the full chamber.
The legislation, authored by Sen. Kristin Phillips-Hill, R-York, would require the secretary of state to post a “detailed account of each action taken to publish the proposed constitutional amendment” on the department’s website.
4. Shapiro touts proposed expansion to property tax, rent rebate program for seniors, Pennsylvanians with disabilities
Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro visited Erie on Thursday to tout his plan to expand Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for seniors and Pennsylvanians with disabilities in the commonwealth’s proposed 2023-24 fiscal year budget.
Shapiro, speaking from the Erie West Senior Center, noted that the rebate program has not been updated in more than a decade, despite rising inflation, and called his proposal “common sense.”
5. Philadelphia City Council passes bill protecting residents in affordable housing
City Council has approved legislation that provides some relief and protection for thousands of Philadelphia families living in dwellings where owners have affordable housing contracts set to expire.
Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, D-3rd District, who authored the legislation approved Thursday, said more than 12,000 families are living in properties with owners whose affordable housing contracts with the government will expire in the next 10 years.
And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.
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