States that send a mail ballot to every voter really do increase turnout, scholars find

BY: - October 8, 2023

Lately, a rough consensus has emerged among people who study the impact of voting policies: Though they often spark fierce partisan fighting, most changes to voting laws do little to affect overall turnout, much less election results. But one fast-growing reform appears to stand out as an exception. When every registered voter gets sent a […]

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 […]

What to know so you’re registered, ready to vote in the Nov. 8 election

BY: - September 6, 2022

Election Day is still about two months away, but Pennsylvania voters can already apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot — and make sure their registration is up to date ahead of Nov. 8.

Lehigh County DA to monitor ballot drop-off boxes for violators

BY: - April 27, 2022

Voters could face charges for delivering more than one ballot, Lehigh County's top prosecutor has said.

‘The ballots are called mail-in ballots.’ Pa. Senate approves bill eliminating drop boxes

BY: - April 13, 2022

The upper chamber voted 29-20 along party lines to approve a GOP-authored bill that would require voters who don’t return mail-in ballots through the U.S. Postal Service to deliver them to their county elections office instead of depositing them into a drop box.

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.


When you vote, make the choices that make sense to you | Opinion

BY: - October 29, 2020

Vote what makes sense. It will be a better world if you do. And argue with the ones you love, the life you save may be theirs.

Election 2020: Tuesday, Oct. 27 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot in Pa.

BY: - October 27, 2020

The final day to request a mail-in ballot in Pa. is here. Here is everything you need to know.

These women from the Philly ‘burbs have one message for Trump: Leave our healthcare alone

BY: - October 26, 2020

“Medicare is not an entitlement. It is something we have paid into. We have earned it and it should not be touched," one woman said.


Pa. is in the middle of a 2020 ‘litigation arms race’ that’s only going to escalate | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - October 26, 2020

Eight days out, expect the blizzard of lawsuits to continue well past Election Day with swing states like Pa. playing a starring role.

State Supreme Court to rule on disqualifying mail-in ballot due to signatures

BY: - October 14, 2020

The court said it would use its King’s Bench authority to rule on a request from Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar on whether state election code allows mail-in ballots with “perceived signature variances” to not be counted.

Exclusive: In new video, Barack Obama has a message for Pa.: Have a plan to vote

BY: - October 13, 2020

With just three weeks to go before Election Day, national Democrats are calling in the big guns to make sure that voters in a must-win battleground state have a plan to cast their ballots.