voting-rights

‘The Big lie is just that, a big lie’: In Philly, Biden calls for concerted effort to fight assaults on voting rights

BY: , and - July 13, 2021

“Make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear, peddlers of lies, are threatening the very foundation of our country,” Biden cautioned. 

Pa. redistricting is poised to be transparent. Will it be fair? Advocates think yes.

BY: - July 13, 2021

Pennsylvanians will be able to participate in perhaps more than a dozen hearings on their congressional and legislative maps in the coming months, as well as submit their own maps online.

Pa. GOP lawmaker Mastriano doubles down on election audit, requests meeting with President Biden

BY: - July 13, 2021

Mastriano, who shared the letter online Monday evening, also requested a meeting with President JoeBiden, who delivered a speech on voting rights in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Ahead of Biden’s Philly speech, anti-poverty advocates urge Congress to act on voting rights, minimum wage, filibuster

BY: - July 13, 2021

“This is not just a Black civil rights issue,” The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, the co-chairman of the Poor People’s Campaign, said. “It’s also an issue for everyone who cares about democracy. Our democracy is at stake.”

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An Az-style audit? Welcome to #HotMessSummer, Pennsylvania | Thursday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 8, 2021

Forget violence in the streets or a looming eviction crisis, Pa. Republicans cannily pounce on another non-existent problem with an Az-style audit.

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What to the descendants of enslaved people is the Fourth of July? | Opinion

BY: - July 4, 2021

The voting rights of formerly enslaved people in America are currently under attack. We demand access to the ballot without any undue hindrance to our right to vote. 

Wolf vetoes Republican voting bill; GOP pivots to constitutional referendums

BY: - June 30, 2021

Such measures are approved by the Legislature before they go before voters in a referendum. Governors have no say on their ratification.

GOP Legislature says it funded election audits; Wolf, Auditor General DeFoor disagree

BY: - June 29, 2021

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:03 p.m. 6/29/21 to reflect that Erica Clayton Wright told the Capital-Star that the draft budget was “out of date.” Under pressure from former supporters of President Donald Trump, Pennsylvania’s legislative Republicans gave $3.1 million to the state’s auditor general to fund future election audits. But the problem? […]

GOP election bill with voter ID, tighter mail-in ballot deadlines passes Pa. House

BY: and - June 22, 2021

General Assembly Republicans are all in on the House GOP’s 150-page election bill to rewrite Pennsylvania’s election code with tighter deadlines, stricter voter verification requirements, and more controls on how voters return ballots. The proposal passed the state House by a 110-91 margin Tuesday evening, and a Senate vote could follow within the week, sending […]

Senate Democrats’ voting rights push stalls in the face of GOP opposition; Pa.’s Toomey votes to block

BY: - June 22, 2021

As of May 14, state Republican legislators have introduced 389 bills with restrictive voting provisions across 48 states, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. 

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On his way out the door, Pa.’s Toomey calls for Biden admin. to be investigated over personnel practices | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - June 22, 2021

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring, is calling for a government watchdog to investigate the possible sidelining of career executives, according to a published report.

With new amendment strategy, Pa. GOP could target voter ID, mail-in ballots

BY: - June 20, 2021

Nowhere is this newfound love of permanent changes to the commonwealth’s governing document clearer than in the fight over Pennsylvania’s election law.