Pennsylvania redesigns its mail-in ballots for the 2024 election
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
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
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
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
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 […]
Need an absentee or mail-in ballot? You have until May 9 to apply | Friday Morning Coffee
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
The 1,296 rejected ballots were a fraction of the roughly 73K mail-in ballots returned in Lehigh and Northampton counties.
Parties challenge ballots as counties keep counting votes in pivotal Pa. House races
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 […]
Control of Pa. House comes down to three races in the Philly suburbs
Three state House races in the Philadelphia suburbs that will determine control of the lower chamber are too close to call.
Chapman expresses confidence in local election officials ahead of Election Day
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
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
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 […]