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The November general election is exactly one month away

By: - October 8, 2022 6:35 am

Voters line up at a polling place on Election Day. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Happy weekend, all.

The November general election is exactly one month away. Do you have questions about the candidates, how to register to vote, or how to return your mail-in ballot?

We’ve got you covered.

Our “Election 2022” landing page contains election-related deadlines and coverage to help you prepare for election day, including:

What to know so you’re registered, ready to vote in the Nov. 8 election

Voters Guide 2022: What to know about Pa.’s races for governor and U.S. Senate

What to know about mail-in voting ahead of Pa. Nov. 8 general election

Our voters’ guides and other election-related stories are also available in Spanish.

As always, the top five stories from this week are below. 

1. Millions of Pennsylvanians eligible for federal student loan relief, Wolf admin says

Applications for student loan forgiveness for eligible borrowers will be made available this month. According to the Wolf administration, as many as 1.7 million Pennsylvanians could be eligible for student debt relief.

The plan to forgive up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for other eligible borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household was announced by President Joe Biden in late August.

Philadelphia's Gayborhood. Photo via the Philadelphia Gay News
(Photo via The Philadelphia Gay News).

2. OutFest street festival canceled, but other Philly gayborhood events remain

Philadelphia will not have an OutFest street festival October 9, despite organizers’ hopes that the event would happen.

A community member with knowledge of the situation told the Philadelphia Gay News that planning and outreach on the event had been ongoing, but the turnaround was ultimately too quick for organizers to produce a festival on the level of this year’s Pride celebration.

The gayborhood event last took place in person in October 2019. Since then, both Philadelphia Pride and OutFest have gone through a series of changes, including the organization which produces the two events.

In the United States, at least 6 million children live in a household where at least one person is food insecure (Image via
Anna-Rose Gassot/AFP/ Getty Images/The Conversation).

3. Changes to SNAP income thresholds will expand eligibility for benefits, Wolf admin says

Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants next month, making the program accessible to more Pennsylvanians, Wolf administration officials said on Thursday.

Beginning on Oct. 1, Pennsylvania will increase the income threshold for SNAP applicants to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG), the Department of Human Services said, adding that “more than 420,000 additional Pennsylvanians in more than 174,000 households will be newly eligible for SNAP” as a result of the change.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R) Campaign file photos
Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Republican U.S. Senate nominee Mehmet Oz (R)
Campaign file photos

4. Oz clarifies abortion views, Fetterman capitalizes on conflicting views in Senate race

Pennsylvania’s position as an abortion battleground state is taking shape in the U.S. Senate race, with John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee, capitalizing on conflicting statements from Mehmet Oz, his Republican opponent, in the high-profile contest.

Fetterman, who said he would support codifying Roe v. Wade if elected, has recently focused on Oz, who clarified his stance on abortion this month, and his views on reproductive health.

Oz told reporters at a press conference in Philadelphia this month that he would not support criminal penalties for people who sought or doctors who performed abortions. Describing himself as “strongly pro-life,” he added that he supports exceptions for rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk.

Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference at Pinellas County schools, Aug. 11, 2021. (Credit: Gov. DeSantis Facebook/The Florida Phoenix).

5. Some Philly Union League members oppose club honoring DeSantis

Prominent members of the Union League of Philadelphia have expressed dismay in response to news that the club intends to present embattled Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis with one of its most prestigious honors, the Gold Award.

According to the organization’s website, the Union League is a city club “founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln” such as abolition. The League is described as having been founded on the “values of freedom and free enterprise.”

And that’s the week. We’ll see you back here next week.

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Cassie Miller
Cassie Miller

A native Pennsylvanian, Cassie Miller worked for various publications across the Midstate before joining the team at the Pennsylvania Capital-Star. In her previous roles, she has covered everything from local sports to the financial services industry.