Election 2023

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 […]

Innamorato and Rockey face off in Allegheny County Executive debate

BY: - September 29, 2023

PITTSBURGH — The two candidates for Allegheny County Executive met for a debate on Thursday, less than six weeks before the general election, with Democrat Sara Innamorato, a former state Representative, touting her ability to bring people together, and Republican Joe Rockey emphasizing his business experience as a former executive at PNC Bank. The candidates […]


Delaware County must accept in-person votes from residents whose mail ballots were rejected

BY: - September 25, 2023

This article was originally published by Votebeat, a nonprofit news organization covering local election administration and voting access. A judge has told Delaware County to count ballots cast in person by voters whose mail ballots were rejected during the primary, a ruling the county, even though it lost the case, says it welcomes. Following the May […]

Democrat Lindsay Powell projected winner of Allegheny County special election

BY: - September 19, 2023

PITTSBURGH – Democrats appear to have regained control of the state House of Representatives, as unofficial results of a special election in Allegheny County show Lindsay Powell defeating Republican Erin Autenreith. The Associated Press called the race for Powell shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. “This is not just about the 21st District, this […]

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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 […]

Control of the Pa. House at stake as Allegheny County candidates get out the vote

BY: - September 12, 2023

Voters in Allegheny County will determine which party controls the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in one week, when they choose former state Rep. Sara Innamorato’s successor in a special election.  But with no statewide races generating buzz, and a Steelers game against Cleveland the night before the election, candidates have had to push hard to […]

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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 […]

Trump pleads not guilty, waives arraignment in Georgia 2020 election interference case

BY: - August 31, 2023

Former President Donald Trump entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court on 13 felony counts that charge him with racketeering for attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. In the court filing on Thursday, Trump also voluntarily waived his right to an arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday in […]

The Capital-Star’s guide to resignations, retirements and special elections in Pa. Legislature

BY: - August 24, 2023

[This article was updated at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023.] One-third of the way through the 2023-24 legislative session, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has had almost as many special elections as it had in the entirety of the previous session. And the legislative round of musical chairs will continue next month, as […]