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Months after its launch, risk-limiting election audit pilot comes under review by Senate panel

BY: - August 24, 2021

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid outlined the risk-limiting audit, a post-election review piloted during the 2020 general and 2021 primary elections, before a Senate panel on Tuesday.

Pa. child abuse lawsuits held up due ‘systemic failures’ in Dept. of State, report says

BY: - May 26, 2021

In a report released Wednesday, the state Inspector General found no evidence of “intentional malfeasance” in an advertising error that delayed a Pennsylvania constitutional amendment to allow survivors of childhood sexual abuse to sue their abusers. Instead the report pointed a finger at an informal and unwritten process for tracking and overseeing constitutional amendments in […]

DOS: More than 741k Pa. voters have asked for mail-in ballots

BY: - May 3, 2021

According to the Department of State, 698,280 registered Pennsylvania voters have applied for a mail-in ballot and 43,602 voters have applied for an absentee ballot for a total of 741,882 ballot applications.

What’s in a name? Seven top state officials lead under ‘acting’ label; await Senate confirmation

BY: - April 4, 2021

In order to remove the “acting” label from their titles, the seven state officials will need to be confirmed by the state Senate by  a two-thirds majority. 

Waiver allowing Pa. pharmacists to administer COVID-19 vaccines depends on longevity of Wolf’s disaster declaration

BY: - January 14, 2021

The temporary waiver, approved by Gov. Tom Wolf, adds state-licensed pharmacists to the list of healthcare professionals who can administer COVID-19 vaccines without a physician’s order. 

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.’s new election dashboard will show progress of mail-in ballot count alongside early returns

BY: - October 30, 2020

Pennsylvanians who plan to spend Tuesday night glued to the news will find some changes to the state’s website for reporting preliminary election results. 

So you want to be a poll worker: What you need to know to work the polls on Election Day

BY: - September 14, 2020

Hit by the one-two punch of the pandemic and an aging workforce, election officials across the commonwealth and nationwide are racing to deal with a shortage of polling place volunteers on Election Day. And with two months to go before the polls open, time is running out.

A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief | The Numbers Racket

BY: - June 29, 2020

For the most part, the funding in the $25.8 billion stopgap budget will remain at the same level as the 2019-2020, but there are a few areas where the budgets differ. 

Wolf, Boockvar urge Pennsylvanians to ‘apply today’ for mail-in ballots for June 2 primary

BY: - May 4, 2020

Pennsylvanians have until May 18 to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s June 2 primary is May 18. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot for the primary is May 26 by 5 p.m. 

Better know a voting machine: Dept. of State rolls out new website to help 2020 voters

BY: - February 26, 2020

To get the commonwealth ready for the changes, the Department of State has launched a webpage called “Ready to Vote” to help Pennsylvanians identify what method their county has chosen and how the process works. 

Can’t make it to the polls on Election Day? Here’s how to request a new mail-in ballot online

BY: - February 11, 2020

To vote from the comfort of your home, all you need to request a new, mail-in ballot for the April 28 primary is to fill out a form on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s website.