Pennsylvania News Archive


New voting technology is good step for Pennsylvania, but voters need training | Opinion

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf was right to aim big when he pledged to upgrade the commonwealth’s antiquated voting machines by the 2020 election. Now Wolf, the Department of State, and county officials must work together to launch a commonwealth-wide plan to teach both voters and poll workers about the new voting systems. Voters deserve it, …

Technology alone isn’t enough. We need well-trained poll workers to ensure our elections | Opinion

As county officials throughout Pennsylvania work to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s voting machine mandate for the 2020 elections, they would be wise to tackle a less-recognized threat to election integrity: poorly trained poll workers. Poll workers are the guardians of our democracy and to thoroughly protect our election system they must be properly trained. …

Mitch McConnell Attacks the Volunteer Backbone of Elections

The country is in desperate need of more volunteer poll workers, who spend 14- to 15-hour days making sure people can exercise their right to vote. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is claiming Democrats’ effort to get more federal workers to help is actually a corrupt scheme to steal elections.

Cash incentives help boost Philly’s Election Day workforce

A nationwide campaign to increase poll workers scored more than 800 new people for the city.

Few People Want to be Poll Workers, and That’s a Problem

Local election officials are dealing with a myriad of issues ahead of November’s contentious midterms, not least of which is securing systems from malicious actors. One lesser-known problem that continues to concern them is the national shortage of poll workers.

Democracy is only great when its citizens participate

Democracy is based on the notion that the people should govern themselves — that the people have a voice.  When we don’t vote, we lose that voice. In doing so, we do ourselves, and our community a disservice. And this disservice will not be short-lived. The reverberations of the 2018 election will be felt far …

Now is the time to register to vote

Tick tock. Time is running out. Pennsylvanians have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election.

Pa. touts civic program to get more teens to register to vote

WILKES-BARRE — During the inaugural year of the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award program for Pennsylvania high schools, 2,955 eligible students from 16 high schools across the state registered to vote.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Pa.’s absentee-ballot problem: Votes come in late because of tight deadlines

Every vote counts. But the reality in Pennsylvania is that not every vote is counted. In fact, if past patterns hold, more than 2,000 absentee ballots cast by Pennsylvanians this November won’t be tallied — and the voters won’t know it.  

Monday, April 2, 2018

Pennsylvania Takes Steps to Modernize Election System

The Department of State today took the next step toward modernizing Pennsylvania’s elections by issuing an Invitation for Bid (IFB) to voting system firms.  

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