Election 2022: Voters’ guides, candidate Q&As, and more | Five for the Weekend

The Nov. 8 general election is just 11 days away

By: - October 29, 2022 6:30 am

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

Happy weekend, all.

The November general election is just 11 days 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.

Curious about what legislative races we’re watching? We’ve got that too!

What legislative races the Capital-Star is watching on Nov. 8

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

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

1. 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.

Lt; Gov. John Fetterman in his Capitol office (Capital-Star photo by John L. Micek)

2. No, John Fetterman isn’t wearing a tie. And you need to stop talking about that | John L. Micek

So, this isn’t a “John Fetterman” column. And you know what we’re talking about here.

After more than two years on the statewide political stage, there’s already a well-established journalistic shorthand for Pennsylvania’s new lieutenant governor.

It’s the lather, rinse, repeat formula of “black clothes, bald head, tattoos, gosh he’s tall but skinnier, cheerleader for the struggling steel town of Braddock, Pa.” that’s launched a thousand profiles — including a recent one by NYMag.com.

A Lehigh County ballot box is seen at the Whitehall Township Municipal building before the May 17 primary (Photo by Donna Fisher/Armchair Lehigh Valley).
A Lehigh County ballot box is seen at the Whitehall Township Municipal building before the May 17 primary (Photo by Donna Fisher/Armchair Lehigh Valley).

3. More than 9 million voters already have cast their ballots in November elections

Roughly 9.4 million Americans have already voted in the midterm elections, casting a combination of in-person early votes and mail-in ballots, according to data compiled by the United States Elections Project.

Florida as well as Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania are among the top states in terms of early voting so far.

Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester, speaks after a hearing of the Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order on Sept. 29, 2022, in Philadelphia.

4. Panel investigating crime in Philly puts blame on DA Krasner for lack of prosecutions

The House Select Committee on Restoring Law and Order voted Monday to present an interim report to the full chamber on its investigation of Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner and crime in Philadelphia.

A final report with recommendations to the House is expected before the end of the session next month.

The report decries Krasner’s refusal to cooperate and puts out some findings of the committee such as former assistant district attorneys calling Krasner’s administration “toxic” and complaining that prosecutors have lost their voices in the courtroom.

Democratic U.S. Senate nominee John Fetterman (L) and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Josh Shapiro (R)
Campaign file photos

5. Pa’s 2022 candidates — and their stances on LGBTQ issues — take the national stage | Analysis

With mere weeks till Election Day, more than ten percent of Pennsylvania voters remain undecided in two of the most critical races in the country: John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz for the U.S. Senate, and Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano for governor.

Whoever wins Pennsylvania’s Senate race could determine which party holds a majority in Washington. Whoever is elected governor will not just impact the state — including LGBTQ policy — but will have influence over the 2024 presidential election as well.

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.