Pennsylvania redesigns its mail-in ballots for the 2024 election

BY: - November 29, 2023

Pennsylvania’s Act 77 —which allows "no-excuse" mail-in voting—  made voting by mail a popular option in 2020, but there have been numerous challenges and disputes over how to consider ballots with return envelopes that are filled out incorrectly.

Judge rules Pa. mail-in ballots returned on time with wrong or missing dates must be counted

BY: - November 21, 2023

In a decision that echoes earlier rulings, a western Pa. federal judge ruled mail-in ballots with wrong or missing dates must be counted.

Mail-in ballot returns top half a million | 2023 Election Mailbag

BY: - November 1, 2023

The Department of State asked the public to be “patient” while results are being counted by officials on Nov. 7, reminding voters that Pennsylvania’s election law does not allow counties to begin pre-canvassing mail-in and absentee ballots before 7 a.m. on Election Day. 

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.


Delaware County must accept in-person votes from residents whose mail ballots were rejected

BY: - September 25, 2023

This article was originally published by Votebeat, a nonprofit news organization covering local election administration and voting access. A judge has told Delaware County to count ballots cast in person by voters whose mail ballots were rejected during the primary, a ruling the county, even though it lost the case, says it welcomes. Following the May […]

A voting sign in Philadelphia

Need an absentee or mail-in ballot? You have until May 9 to apply | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 14, 2023

Voters should allow as much time as possible to account for postal delays, acting Secretary of State Al Schmidt said.

Technical mistakes, secrecy envelope errors led to Lehigh Valley mail-in ballots being rejected

BY: - January 23, 2023

The 1,296 rejected ballots were a fraction of the roughly 73K mail-in ballots returned in Lehigh and Northampton counties.

You need to be prepared so you can vote on Election Day. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Parties challenge ballots as counties keep counting votes in pivotal Pa. House races

BY: - November 14, 2022

Monday proved true what Melissa Cerrato said she told voters on thousands of doorsteps during her campaign for a Pennsylvania House seat in Montgomery County: Every vote counts. Cerrato, the Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent state Rep. Todd Stevens in the 151st Legislative District, held on to a 14-vote lead nearly a week after the […]

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Control of Pa. House comes down to three races in the Philly suburbs

BY: - November 10, 2022

Three state House races in the Philadelphia suburbs that will determine control of the lower chamber are too close to call.

Acting Secretary of State Leigh Chapman speaks during a voting rights roundtable sponsored by the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus on Wednesday, 10/26/22 (Screen Capture).

Chapman expresses confidence in local election officials ahead of Election Day

BY: - November 7, 2022

In a statement issued on Sunday, Gov. Tom Wolf said that voters should have the opportunity to fix minor errors on their ballots. 

Pa.’s long-running row over undated ballots is back in federal court as Election Day nears

BY: - November 7, 2022

Days before voters head to the polls, Pennsylvania’s long-running political argument over whether to count undated mail-in ballots has been put in the hands of a federal judge. The suit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, asks a judge to bar Pennsylvania election officials from rejecting mail-in ballots […]

Pa. elections likely to generate a new round of lawsuits over mail-in ballots, retired judges say

BY: - November 2, 2022

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s evenly divided result in the latest case seeking clarity on vote-by-mail rules is a set up for “utter chaos” after polls close in the midterm elections next week, retired federal Judge John E. Jones said. In a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday, Jones and two more retired federal judges from across […]