Election 2022: Voters’ guides, candidate Q&As, and more | Five for the Weekend
The Nov. 8 general election is just 11 days away
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:
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!
As always, the top five stories from this week are below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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