election-reform

COMMENTARY

Voting doesn’t need to be a gauntlet. Republicans are doing all they can to make it one anyway | Bob Lewis

BY: - June 10, 2021

Rather than stand up to Trump’s madness, GOP legislatures and governors fearful of angering him and his worshipful followers are dutifully making it harder to vote.

Pa. County Commissioners say they want lawmakers to finish key pieces of election reform before summer recess

BY: - June 1, 2021

(*This story was updated at 4:09 p.m. on Tuesday, 6/1/21 with comment from House Republican spokesperson Jason Gottesman and David Thornburgh, executive director of the Committee of Seventy) Pennsylvania’s county commissioners reiterated an urgent call for help to state lawmakers on Tuesday, pleading with them to pass a pair of key reform measures before they […]

COMMENTARY

To protect voting rights in Pa., for us all, the Senate needs to pass the For the People Act | Opinion

BY: - May 28, 2021

From state to state across the country, democracy is under attack. We continue to see the extent of damage Republicans can do.

COMMENTARY

Want common sense electoral reform? Legalize weekend voting | Jonathan C. Rothermel

BY: - May 27, 2021

Of the 36 countries of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development , 27 hold elections on the weekend.

Congressional Democrats scrutinize state elections laws for effect on minority voters

BY: - May 25, 2021

Nazita Lajevard, an assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, said her research has focused on how voter ID laws affect minority voters.

COMMENTARY

Want to level the playing field for candidates? Pass H.R. 1., the voting rights bill, to fix our system | Opinion

BY: - May 19, 2021

The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to pass H.R.1/S.1 For the People Act and allow for all our voices to be heard. Let your senators know you support this and want your voice heard in our democracy.

COMMENTARY

The propaganda is the point: Fla.’s DeSantis proves the GOP isn’t interested in governing | John L. Micek

BY: - May 7, 2021

All of which makes Florida’s DeSantis the perfect public face of the GOP as it is now: Obsessed with hanging onto power, fact-averse, representing an ever-shrinking coalition, and loyal, not to the American public, but to the sad, strange old man who can’t accept that he lost.

COMMENTARY

There’s a surprising ending to all the 2020 election conflicts over absentee ballot deadlines — including Pa. | Opinion

BY: - April 8, 2021

The numbers were nowhere close to the number of votes that could have changed the outcome of any significant race.

Voting rights advocates air worries about onslaught of new state election laws

BY: - April 1, 2021

A U.S. House elections panel on Thursday heard from witnesses about the need to craft a new formula that identifies which states or jurisdictions have problematic histories of racial discrimination when it comes to access to the ballot box. 

As GOP shifts strategy from election lawsuits to laws, voting rights advocates warn of plummeting participation

BY: - March 31, 2021

The policy debate over voting rights and election integrity has exploded in state houses across the country, ignited by last year’s contentious elections where more people voted — particularly by absentee and mail — than ever before.

Across the nation, and in Pa., Republican wave of voting restrictions swells | Analysis

BY: - March 28, 2021

Voting rights activists worried this year could bring a tsunami of new voting restrictions. It’s arrived.

Burnt out and beleaguered, county elections officials ask lawmakers for help ahead of this year’s election season

BY: - March 23, 2021

Local officials said they felt defeated by vagaries and tight deadlines in the law the General Assembly passed in 2019, which they spent much of the last year asking lawmakers to amend.