Pa. Legislature approves $90M for new voting machines; bill would end straight party voting

Charles Thompson | June 27, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

In a flurry of pre-summer recess action, the General Assembly gave final approval Thursday to a bill that calls for the state to borrow up to $90 million to help counties defray the cost of buying new voting machines.

But that bill also would end the time-honored option of casting a straight-party vote.

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Pa. primary elections 2019: A voter’s guide for Allegheny County and beyond

Julian Routh | Thursday, May 16, 2019, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

For voters in Western Pennsylvania, the municipal primary elections on May 21 are a chance to have a say in the day-to-day governing of city and county governments and school boards and in who becomes judges.

Even though there’ll be a general election in November, many of the candidates that voters choose in the primary will be on a fast track to power, with no official challengers declared on the other side. Pittsburgh City Council seats? The Democrats who win their primaries next week will almost certainly be sworn in next January. Allegheny County District Attorney? Same thing.

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