Abortion-rights victories cement 2024 playbook while opponents scramble for new strategy

BY: - November 9, 2023

Anti-abortion leaders woke up Wednesday to the sobering reality that abortion rights remain the nation’s predominant political issue. Decisive wins in swing and red states in two national election cycles since Roe v. Wade was overturned last year have given momentum to reproductive rights groups, who aggressively campaigned and fundraised in key states across the […]

Zappala wins Allegheny County District Attorney race

BY: - November 7, 2023

Incumbent Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala won reelection as a Republican after losing in the May Democratic primary.

Schmidt: DOS will ‘follow up’ with Northampton County following voting machine issue

BY: - November 7, 2023

Speaking to reporters from the state Capitol on Tuesday night, Secretary of State Al Schmidt, who previously oversaw elections as Philadelphia City Commissioner, said the Commonwealth had conducted a “free, safe and secure election” despite “isolated issues.”

Sara Innamorato elected Allegheny County Executive

BY: - November 7, 2023

Former state representative Sara Innamorato is the new chief executive of Pennsylvania's second-largest county.

Shapiro stumps for McCaffery and other Democratic candidates in Bucks County

BY: - November 7, 2023

 Gov. Josh Shapiro rallied support for fellow Democrats Judge Dan McCaffery and County Commissioner candidates Bob Harvie and Diane Marseglia in a campaign stop late Tuesday morning in Bucks County. 

Election Day in Pennsylvania starts with delayed polling place openings, malfunctioning voting machines

BY: - November 7, 2023

A spokesperson for the Department of State said they are aware of the issues in Northampton County and are working with local election officials to resolve them. 

Pennsylvania election headlines you might have missed | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - October 27, 2023

In lieu of reader questions this week, the Capital-Star has compiled a few important election-related articles that you might have missed from across the Commonwealth. 

Allegheny County executive race a generational decision between Innamorato, Rockey

BY: - October 27, 2023

Democrat Sara Innamorato and Republican Joe Rockey are vying to be Allegheny County's first new chief executive in 20 years.

Sec. Schmidt answers voting questions ahead of the Nov. 7 general election | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - October 20, 2023

With the general election weeks away, Secretary of State Al Schmidt took questions from reporters.

How is secrecy preserved with mail-in ballots? | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - October 6, 2023

Welcome to the Capital-Star’s election mailbag: a weekly round-up of voting questions, crowdsourced from you — our readers.  Here’s this week’s question and answer: You asked: Article VII Section 4 of the PA constitution requires that secrecy in voting be preserved. How is this done with mail-in ballots? For example, what prevents an overbearing spouse […]

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Understanding ID requirements for voters | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - September 29, 2023

Welcome to the Capital-Star’s election mailbag: a weekly round-up of voting questions, crowdsourced from you — our readers.  Here’s this week’s question and answer: You asked: When is Pa. going to require Photo ID? A: While there have been legislative attempts to require voters to provide identification, Pennsylvania does not generally require a photo ID […]

Your election questions answered | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - September 15, 2023

Why? The Capital-Star’s voters’ guide aims to answer the most commonly asked election questions, but we recognize that our guides might not answer every question readers have about the election or the voting process in Pennsylvania.