Your Capital-Star voting resources for the May 17 primary election | Five for the Weekend

May 2 is the deadline to register to vote, if you are not already registered

By: - April 23, 2022 6:30 am

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

Happy weekend, all. 

Every year is an election year in Pennsylvania.

That said, there are some deadlines approaching quickly for the commonwealth’s May 17 primary election. 

May 2 is the deadline to register to vote, if you are not already registered.

Reminder: Pennsylvania’s primary elections are closed – only registered Democrats and Republicans will be able to cast ballots. 

The deadline to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is May 10 by 5 p.m.

More details about deadlines and voting resources can be found here. 

Curious who will appear on your ballot? The Capital-Star has you covered there, too!

For more coverage on the primary election, the issues, and the candidates, head to our website and click on the “Election 2022” tab.

Find election coverage under the “Election 2022” tab on our homepage.

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

What is the origin of Easter eggs? (Katie Morrow, CC BY-NC-ND/The Conversation)

1. Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday | Analysis

The date of Easter, when the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place, changes from year to year.

The reason for this variation is that Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox.

I am a religious studies scholar specializing in early Christianity, and my research shows that this dating of Easter goes back to the complicated origins of this holiday and how it has evolved over the centuries.

Easter is quite similar to other major holidays like Christmas and Halloween, which have evolved over the last 200 years or so. In all of these holidays, Christian and non-Christian (pagan) elements have continued to blend together.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court chambers in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

2. Pa. Supreme court case challenges parole ban for felony-murder convictions

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court traveled to Pittsburgh last week to hear oral arguments on a number of cases, including one that the appellants’ lawyers say is the first of its kind nationally.

The case, Scott v. Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, involves four people who were convicted of felony-murder in their late teens or early 20s, and have each spent between 24 and 48 years in prison. They are being represented by the Pittsburgh-based advocacy group Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project, and the Center for Constitutional Rights.

The appellants filed suit against Pennsylvania’s parole board in July 2020, suing for permission to apply for parole, an opportunity denied to them by the state’s felony-murder rule.

AFL-CIO treasurer Frank Snyder speaks at a 2020 rally in Pittsburgh
Pa. AFL-CIO treasurer Frank Snyder speaks at an October 2020 rally in Pittsburgh. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

3. Pa. labor leaders respond to workplace allegations at state AFL-CIO

Labor leaders across the commonwealth are calling for a thorough but expeditious investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct and gender discrimination brought against Pennsylvania American Federation of Labor Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder.

Snyder, elected to his current post in 2010, has been accused by more than a dozen current and former employees of humiliating, bullying, and using degrading language against federation staffers, particularly women, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

House Speaker Bryan Cutler speaks at a evening press conference after the House voted to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster emergency on June 7, 2021. (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso)

4. Wave of GOP primary challengers seek Harrisburg shakeup over mail-in voting, pandemic response

Driven by anger that started building up two years ago during the early days of COVID, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans face double-digit challenges in next month’s primary elections.

Among those who face opponents are House Speaker Bryan Cutler, R-Lancaster, both chambers’ top budget officials — House and Senate Appropriations Committee chairs Rep. Stan Saylor, R-York, and Sen. Pat Browne, R-Lehigh — and a handful of other minor members of leadership, as well as a number of rank-and-file members.

Leo Knepper, executive director of the Citizens Alliance of Pennsylvania, has a long history of aiding upstarts against Republican incumbents, starting with the 2005 pay raise. So he’s seen anti-incumbent efforts rise and fall before.

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith, speaks during a press conference, which discussed the need to expand our lens of focus from opioids to fighting overall substance use disorder with the increase of polysubstance and stimulant use across the commonwealth, inside Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg on Monday, October 18, 2021 (Commonwealth Media Services photo).

5. Pa. counties to receive first payments from $26B opioid settlement this summer

Pennsylvania will receive $1.07 billion as part of a $26 billion national settlement with three pharmaceutical distributors, and counties should see the first round of payments to address the opioid crisis by early summer.

State officials on Wednesday delivered an update on the agreement between three of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical providers — Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen — and manufacturer Johnson & Johnson over their roles in fueling the nationwide opioid epidemic.

“These settlement funds will provide more treatment and more capacity to county and local organizations, help provide important ancillary services — like transportation for people trying to access treatment and save lives,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement.

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.