7 solutions for problems at Pa. polls

PA Post | Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

Paper jams, long lines, incorrect results: Some voters and elections officials encountered problems on Tuesday as 35 counties rolled out new voting machines.

York County officials issued a public apology Tuesday evening after voters complained of delays and other problems with the county’s new $1.4 million paper-ballot system.

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Want to vote in November? The deadline is approaching quickly

Ron Southwick | October 3, 2019, Harrisburg Patriot News

If you’re hoping to cast a ballot in the November election and you haven’t registered to vote, time is running out.

The deadline to register to vote in the fall election is Oct. 7. Next month, voters will cast ballots in judicial, county, municipal and school board races. It may be an “off-year” since the presidential election is a year away, but these races determine who will set local property tax rates, oversee schools and protect the public.

Voters will also be asked if they want to amend the constitution to clarify the rights of crime victims.

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Pennsylvania sued over ‘restrictive’ deadline for absentee ballot returns

Julian Routh | Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Voting rights advocates on Tuesday sued Pennsylvania over its deadlines to cast absentee ballots in elections, asking the commonwealth to overturn what they call “one of the most restrictive” deadlines in the country and alleging it disenfranchises eligible voters.

The plaintiffs, nine of whom are residents who applied for absentee ballots on time but missed the state’s deadline for returning them, are asking the court to rule the deadline unconstitutional — in violation of the state constitution’s guarantee of “free and equal” elections and equal protections under the law.

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Turnout in Pennsylvania surpassed typical midterm elections, officials say

Ivey DeJesus | Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Harrisburg Patriot News

Voters on Tuesday propelled Pennsylvania through a handful of records, including the number of women elected to Congress.

Those gains came amid unusually high voter turnout for a midterm election.

Statewide, county elections officials were reporting significantly higher turnouts for midterms in Tuesday’s election. More than 4.9 million Pennsylvanians voted in the governor’s race on Tuesday, far surpassing the 3.5 million voters who cast ballots in the 2014 gubernatorial election.

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Amendment to state redistricting bill may scuttle it

Liz Navratil, Gillian McGoldrick & Jonathan Lai | Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Harrisburg Bureau

HARRISBURG — With time running out to alter how Pennsylvania’s political maps will be drawn in 2021, Republicans in the state Senate made a dramatic change to a redistricting bill Tuesday that prompted key activists to pull their support and begin lobbying against it.

A day before the bill is to come up for a final vote in the chamber, Sen. Ryan Aument, R-Lancaster, introduced an amendment that would allow voters to decide whether appellate judges — including state Supreme Court justices — should be elected from regional districts rather than statewide.

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