Democrats, GOP lawmakers in Pa., elsewhere push back against partisan election reviews

BY: - September 9, 2021

Inspired by former President Donald Trump’s baseless accusation of widespread voter fraud, the inquiries are taking place in two states won by President Joe Biden. They come as the similarly partisan review wraps up in Arizona, where investigators chased conspiracy theories and accepted millions of dollars from Trump allies.


Pa. Sen. Laughlin: Forensic probe of 2020 election will ‘further paranoid atmospherics’ | Opinion

BY: - July 29, 2021

If two sides want to fight over a year-old election, I advise them to take it outside. We have real work to do in the Capitol.

Pa. GOP lawmaker — and Trump ally — Mastriano initiates ‘forensic investigation’ into state elections

BY: , and - July 7, 2021

Sen. Doug Mastriano, R-Franklin, said Wednesday that he had sent letters to “several counties” asking for “information and materials” needed to conduct a “forensic investigation” of the 2020 general election and the 2021 primary.

Year in Review: Your Top 10 most-read stories of 2020

BY: - December 28, 2020

The stories listed here were the most viewed stories on our site, according to Google Analytics. 

Senate GOP leader proposes special panel to review 2020 election

BY: - December 21, 2020

The special committee that Corman, R-Centre, outlined in a memo to his colleagues would consist of five Republican senators, including Corman, and four Democrats.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Texas suit that tried to overturn election results

BY: - December 11, 2020

“Texas has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections,” according to the unsigned court order. “All other pending motions are dismissed as moot.”

Election results update: Torsella concedes treasury seat to Garrity

BY: - November 10, 2020

In addition to being known for running one of the state government’s most humorous social media accounts, Torsella was known for divesting from Wall Street firms and his tough stance on private equity running Pennsylvania’s pension fund. 

Red states file brief in support of Pa. GOP efforts to block late-arriving ballots from count

BY: - November 9, 2020

Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas and Ohio all joined the brief, with Ohio giving its approval on the “Independent State Legislature Doctrine,” which places constitutional powers in the hands of state Legislatures, including the regulation of elections. 

Pa. Health Secretary Levine: COVID cases back to early pandemic highs

BY: - November 2, 2020

The statewide total of COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic has now reached 211,996 with 8,823 dead.  

How often are drop boxes emptied? Have there been cases of drop box vandalism in Pa.? | Election Mailbag

BY: - October 30, 2020

Welcome back to the Capital-Star’s Election Mailbag: our weekly round-up of voting questions, crowdsourced from you – our readers.  We’re just four days away from the Nov. 3 general election, which means this will be our last installment of the Election Mailbag.  Before we dive in, if you’re still curious about the races and candidates […]

‘We’ve seen more litigation than ever before;’ Pa. election coalition expects legal challenges through election day

BY: - October 29, 2020

In a virtual press conference on Thursday, coalition partners addressed possible issues that voters could face through Nov. 3. They are looking at potential voter intimidation, illegal challenges at polling places, and legal provocations to delay vote counts, according to Walczak.