“Pennsylvania would increase security of its election, lighten the burden on election officials, and ensure that all voters have an opportunity to return their ballot and ensure that it’s counted.”
“Pennsylvania would increase security of its election, lighten the burden on election officials, and ensure that all voters have an opportunity to return their ballot and ensure that it’s counted.”
“There’s nothing extraordinary in what the Supreme Court did in interpreting these [election] statutes. It’s what they do every day.”
Last month, the Washington Post reported on alleged sexual misconduct by Reed
The Oneida County Attorney says the county and DOJ’s goals are the same, to ensure the rights of voters are protected.
The two new candidates come after Republican Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed announced he will not seek elected office again.
Voters will elect a slew of new judges to Pennsylvania’s three statewide appellate courts — judges who will no doubt shape important policy in the state for at least the next decade.
“It’s a beautiful day to tax the rich!”
“This budget will set the trajectory for the state for the next 10 years.”
“If what the governor is alleged to have done is true, it’s a clear violation of public officers laws.”
“I certainly believe a significant number of their concerns of the federal government, the Department of Justice, are going to be addressed by the actions we’re taking and have been taking since the election was concluded.”
“Nobody should have to experience the retaliation that I’ve faced in the last few months.”
Nick Langworthy spoke in Binghamton on Wednesday
The company cited what it called a “divisive local political climate.”
Reed will also abandon exploring a 2022 bid for New York Governor.
The allegations were reported by The Washington Post.
The attorneys tapped to handle the investigation include a former federal prosecutor who helped investigate foreign meddling in the 2016 election.
Several of the men and women from Pennsylvania are among the highest-profile cases under investigation by the FBI.
Former Congressman Rangel addressed the accusations directly, saying Cuomo deserves a fair defense.
Hochul has held a slim portfolio during her years under Cuomo, although she did notably lead the governor’s “Enough is Enough” campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses.
The defendant is accused of helping rioters overpower D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who was beaten with flagpoles, tased and had his gear stolen.
“At no time did any state official ask for my support for the governor in exchange for help with the pandemic.”
“The voters are not necessarily, at the moment, following the lead of the elected officials.”
Larry Schwartz, a longtime aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, called local officials in New York to gauge their loyalty to the governor. Some local officials viewed it as a threat to cut off vaccine.
Last month, Vance’s office received the former president’s tax returns after a years-long battle, after the Supreme Court paved the way for a New York grand jury to obtain and review the documents.
“People know the difference between playing politics, bowing to cancel culture, and the truth. I’m not going to resign.”
Fourteen of the state’s nineteen Congressional Democrats also released statements calling on the governor to resign Friday.
“If some of these folks have statewide aspirations, that is at least potentially an issue that could come back to be a liability in a statewide race.”
Reed accused the president of not negotiating with congressional Republicans on the stimulus measure.
“What does Kathy Hochul know? What role did she play in any of it? When did she know these various allegations? She hasn’t come clean on anything.”
A majority of Democrats in the state Legislature either haven’t taken a public position on whether Cuomo should resign, or have said they want to wait for the results of the attorney general’s investigation.
The Republican ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 2018, hitching his wagon to former State Sen. Scott Wagner.
Cuomo’s plan would add a new, higher income tax bracket for New Yorkers making over $5 million a year. The wealthy would have the option of prepaying their taxes for the next two years at the 2020 rates.
“We won’t be able to force a vote, but we’re going to keep pounding on this issue. If they really believe in resignation, why not start the impeachment process?”
“You need to weave together coalitions of people from different demographics, regions of the state, but also different ideologies. There just aren’t enough Republican votes to win an election.”
“Your next mayor will not only need to ensure public safety, maintain the roads and bridges, upkeep the parks, and manage your sewer and water service.”
Reed also told reporters Wednesday that if he declared candidacy for governor, he would not seek reelection to Congress
After one year of pandemic, over 38,000 New Yorkers have died of the virus so far and more than one and a half million were sickened.
Court documents detail the messages Richard Michetti, now facing criminal charges, sent his ex-girlfriend during the insurrection. “If you can’t see the election was stolen you’re a moron,” one reads.
Recent population estimates and data from the latest American Community Survey can be used to help figure out where the new district lines should be.
Tenney would’ve voted against the second impeachment of Trump, saying fiery language is used on both sides and protected by the First Amendment.
Cuomo’s job approval ratings, which were high in the summer and fall of 2020, have now dropped back to pre-pandemic levels, with 49% saying that he’s doing a good job in office.
What began as a call for donations to help Texas residents hurt by the storm grew into millions of dollars that will go to several local charities. Ocasio-Cortez visited a Houston food bank Saturday.
By law, a five-member legislative committee called the Legislative Reapportionment Commission spearheads the map drawing process.
Currently, there are 600,000 more registered Democratic voters than Republicans in the commonwealth.
Governor Cuomo says he’s making his accusations against Assemblyman Kim because Kim attacked him first.
“Voters were disenfranchised. The outcome of a congressional race was held in limbo for over three months, leaving this county and district without federal representation while we fight a global pandemic.”
“Crucial information should never be withheld from entities that are empowered to pursue oversight. This was always about getting the truth and allowing information to guide our response.”
Republican state lawmakers are mulling changes to Pennsylvania’s election law this session. They say that effort is aimed at improving the process for the state’s upcoming contests.
The idea to create a process to recall statewide elected officials isn’t new. Republicans have sponsored the measure before, but it hasn’t picked up steam.
Politically, he has made a project of attempting to bridge the increasing conservatism of de-industrialized, once-Democratic-voting areas with his own brand of progressive politics.
Progressives are watching the new Senate majority leader to see if he can deliver on some of the party’s most ambitious legislative goals. If not, they say he could face a primary challenge next year.
“It is time to close the book on this election and focus on building a better community and more united Country for our children.”
Republican Claudia Tenney leads with 109, according to the court’s final tallies, and after the Oneida County certifies its vote count is likely to be sworn into Congress.
For the first time in generations, New York Democrats are in absolute control of the process for Congress and the state legislature.
“The margin in this case has been a moving target for nearly three months, but even now, with the margin as large as it has ever been, it is still infinitesimally small.”
If all goes according to the schedule laid out by Justice Scott DelConte, voters in the district can expect to have a representative in Congress next week at the earliest.
“The Rebuild Rural America Act would transform the federal government away from being a complicated, siloed and top-down enterprise or bureaucracy, into a more responsive, effective partner for our rural communities.”
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has announced he is opening an investigation into the matter.
Those conversations were about using the Justice Department to make it appear as though Georgia’s election results could be invalidated because of ongoing fraud investigations.
Representatives for Republican Claudia Tenney and Democrat Anthony Brindisi must now wait until Friday, at the earliest, to find out which candidate is closer to claiming the seat.
“There’s no doubt in my mind where I’m going with this: every legal vote means every legal vote.”
It was discovered the Board failed to process over 2,400 voter registration applications that were filed on time through the state DMV website.
In a conservative congressional district in upstate New York, NPR reporter Brian Mann says some Trump supporters say they’re ready for a fresh start under President Biden.
“There will be a generation that won’t know any different. It will be – this is not just something that’s a fluke. This is the standard. The next president is not going to be able to go back.”
The choice for 10 Republican members to split from their party to vote to impeach Trump could mean political blowback with their state’s Republican Party come the next election.
“To allow the president of the United States to incite this attack without consequence is a direct threat to the future of our democracy.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio said that President Trump “incited a rebellion” and that New York City “will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form.”
The New York Democrat shared that she felt unsafe in the secure room where she was held with other lawmakers while the Capitol was under lockdown.
The Republican has been a part of Mayor Rich David’s administration since 2014.
The Governor hopes the federal government will help New York close what Andrew Cuomo said is a $15 billion budget deficit.
The retiring Pennsylvania senator joins his Republican colleague Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in calling for President Trump to resign. House Democrats are aiming to hold an impeachment vote this week.
Brindisi filed his latest election bid for New York’s 22nd Congressional District with the Federal Election Commission on Friday.
“I call on every New York federal official to call on president Trump’s resignation. Don’t put the country through impeachment. Don’t wait for any cabinet action. Call for him to resign as his own act.”
“The question is whether or not the evidence can be linked to a particular individual and what is the proper jurisdiction to bring those charges.”
“I’m confident we’re going to get through the next 13 days in a safe and secure fashion”
“What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president.”
“We must emphatically reject these horrible instances of physical attacks on our governing institutions and let democracy proceed.”
“They lied about the results of the election. They lied about voter fraud.”
Extremists emboldened by President Trump sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power by staging a violent insurrection inside the U.S. Capitol.
“It would be one thing if he was making split-second decisions about procurement (of medical supplies), but I think we have moved well beyond the time when that resolution was necessary.”
Reed said voting to uphold the election results is his duty.
A video featuring unmasked attendees went viral last week on Twitter. On Wednesday, three individuals who were at the party were reported to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Collins’ former colleague, Rep. Tom Reed, said Trump had the right to grant Collins’ pardon.
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said it’s still possible that a session will be held before 2020 ends on more substantive issues.
PHILADELPHIA, PA (WITF) – It’s not easy to recognize important historical moments while they’re happening. But 2020 has been a year marked by disaster and debacle. It has featured a deadly global pandemic, a reckoning over racism in the wake of several Black Americans killed by police, and a tense, litigious election. Looking back, historians, political insiders, and on-the-ground organizers agree that the last 12 months or so will leave an indelible impression. “I don’t know a historian right now who isn’t still kind of in shock,” said Timothy Lombardo, a Philadelphia-born historian of conservative politics.
It’s unclear just how many hundreds of challenge ballots there are, but with only 12 votes separating the candidates, the court’s rulings on them might determine the race’s outcome.
“Despite being in the middle of a global pandemic, more Pennsylvanians than ever before – 6.9 million – participated in the Nov. 3 election and had their voices heard.”
“This pandemic, these masks, this physical configuration are a stark reminder to the nation that government matters and leadership matters.”
“Apparently, the law specifically says meet in person at the state Capitol. There’s been so much litigation about the election, we don’t want to test the law.”
A panel tasked with drawing new legislative districts for members of Congress and the state Legislature still hasn’t received funding allocated in this year’s state budget.
“I think the time might’ve come to change the Electoral College, and I would support that change.”
There are still a couple of thousand votes in the district that are disputed or were never counted by election officials in violation of state election law, as evident in the court’s decision.
“The role of the court, as I see it, is making sure everyone follows the law,” Justice Scott DelConte said during oral arguments Monday.
Besides the razor thin margin, the absentee ballot counting process has been plagued by some errors and inefficiencies made by election officials.
“They need to continue because the money for those has already been allocated which is important, but also those are supporting downtowns and small businesses and jobs.”
Over 20 state representatives signed on to a co-sponsorship memo for a resolution calling on state leaders to delay vote certification — which occurred last week in the presidential race.
Each campaign received more 155,450 votes.
Arguments over challenged ballots continue in Oswego County Court on Monday.
It is the only House race in New York that is still uncalled.
“The president has been saying that ‘he won, he won, he won,’ and ‘fraud, fraud, fraud. And a lot of people who support this president, agree with him.”
The attention has raised his political profile along with questions about whether he’ll run for statewide office in two years.
With more than 19,000 mail-in ballots returned to Broome County this year, there were bound to be a few errors. In those cases, election workers were tasked with curing the ballot.
“New Yorkers have not only chosen to return to a Democratic Majority, but they’ve chosen to return a super majority.”
That means Democrats would have more leverage in negotiations on controversial measures next year, when conversations are expected to center largely around the state’s budget deficit.
Brindisi has won close to three times the number of mail-in ballots than Tenney, steadily closing the gap between them.
The GOP-backed resolution means counties will turn over voting data within the next 45 days..
Van De Water said he looks forward to a rematch in 2022.
In recent days, Danks Burke attempted to bring suit against officials in Schuyler County over some invalidated absentee ballots.
A handful of cases are pending in courts around the state, including a few key challenges. If the Trump campaign can whittle away Biden’s advantage to 0.5%, Pennsylvania law would trigger an automatic recount.
According to Danks Burke, the case relates to 75 to 100 ballots.
Both candidates believe their opponents lead is too large to overcome.
“The pro is, we’re going to make sure we count correctly and not miscount anyone’s vote.”
The Voter Integrity Fund was launched a week ago by Matt Braynard, who says he’s raised over $500,000 to cross-reference public data in a quest to unearth malfeasance in the election.
Kelles has been a Tompkins County legislator since 2015.
While the state already requires counties to audit a portion of ballots in every race, GOP caucus spokesman Mike Straub said the legislature should examine what it alleges are “the impacts of interference.”
“Joe Biden has rightfully earned the title of being the projected president-elect and that should be recognized,” Rep. Reed said.
The decision requires county election officials to copy and save any ballots campaign representatives inspect and object to for a judge to review later.
Some have taken a more defiant approach, including several rank-and-file members of the House Republican Caucus.
Tenney is up by 28,000 votes in NY-22. So far, at least 57,900 absentee ballots have been returned throughout the district.
“We also need to do a whole lot of work in the coming years to make sure we are building a truly equitable and just democracy,” said one of the rally organizers, Joanna Green.
PA-12 and PA-8 cover much of Northeast Pennsylvania.
“I don’t want to sound like I’m disenfranchising people. I’m just waiting on what the state wants us to do.”
“There may be a whole lot more bitterness, division and cynicism that we had back then,” Mitrano said.
“I want to be able to disagree with one another, to speak our truth. But I want to do it in a way that I don’t feel contempt or feel tempted to dehumanize the other person.”
“The teachings of at least the Haudenosaunee people are that the decisions we make today impact seven generations into the future and so that weighs heavy on people’s minds.”
“We knew that there is an overwhelming Democratic absentee vote that has to be counted still in a lot of our districts.”
“Something was systematically wrong with the polls generally, not just here, but across the country. Clearly, I think there was an underestimation of the Republican side of the turnout.”
Trump’s lead in PA has narrowed as mail-in votes are counted, but the race remains too close to call.
This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all eligible voters were allowed to cast mail in ballots, and they have not yet been counted, and may not be for several days.
Both candidates said Tuesday that they are waiting on absentee ballots to be returned before declaring who won.
With all election districts reporting, Garner leads with 61 percent of the vote en route to his second term.
Incumbent Delgado leads Republican Kyle Van De Water by just over 2 percent.
Reed faced Democrat Tracy Mitrano for a second consecutive time.
According to Barber’s campaign officials, the Democrat called Oberacker to concede late Tuesday night.
The incumbent, Republican Sen. Tom O’Mara, leads Democratic challenger, Leslie Danks Burke with nearly all districts reporting.
To find out who wins this year’s Congressional contests in New York State will require patience. The pandemic transformed how this election was run in New York State. The vast number of ballots cast by mail before Election Day could lengthen the amount of time it takes to count all the votes. But that won’t mean there are problems with the results.
I’ll really be interested to see if the 2020 election leads to new legislation in New York state and all across the country that makes voting easier and safer for all Americans even after hopefully the COVID-19 pandemic has come to an end.
A list of links to our region’s elections offices.
While Democrat Joe Biden is heavily favored to win the state over President Donald Trump, there is plenty of action in congressional and state races for voters to weigh in on.
Reports are flying that President Donald Trump may try to falsely claim electoral victory Tuesday night before states like Pennsylvania finish counting ballots.
President Trump told the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group The Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by.”
“I wanted my vote to be counted right away and not after the Election Day.”
Throughout Fall 2020, high school students in Rachel Murat’s AP Government and Politics class at Maine-Endwell High School used the ‘Let’s Talk About Election 2020‘, a national youth media challenge, as a framework to develop their own commentaries.
“There’s no gimmies. In this election cycle in a state like New York there’s no automatics. So wherever there is an open seat, we have to be invested and take it very seriously.”
While voter turnout is expected to break records this election, the right to vote for some Latinos was not always a guarantee.
Voting is confusing this year, but also easier than ever. Jennifer Wilson from the League of Women Voters shows us step-by-step what to expect when voting with an absentee ballot.
More than three-fourths of Republicans are planning to vote in person, while a majority of Democrats said they have or will cast a mail-in ballot.
Democrats need just two more seats to gain a supermajority that could potentially override any vetoes.
Energy, pollution policies are felt deeply in Pennsylvania.
“It leaves all of these holes in the implementation of the law where you might have disenfranchisement strictly based off of the ability for the county to interpret a law really loosely.”
“I do not believe you can be trusted on this question, Mr. Reed,” said Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano.
Make sure, no matter what, that you drop off your ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day. But don’t wait. Do it today.”
The state Board of Elections said Monday that voting in Chenango County won’t be affected overall.
“The placement and the removal of the adhesive, will add to the erosion of the headstone, and certainly just as a precautionary measure, they’ve put that in place.”
“I couldn’t wait another second.”
“The cowards used a dead animal and a brick with a family member’s name on it to try to intimidate us. We assure everyone such threats only energize us to stand stronger.”
“They could have controlled the virus, we are still controlling the virus, look at the numbers going up all across the nation, we are still controlling the virus, they believed you can’t control the virus, they capitulated, they surrendered.”
Throughout Fall 2020, high school students in Scott Symons’ Social Studies class at Windsor High School participated in ‘Let’s Talk About Election 2020’, a national youth media challenge. This challenge is a free, standards-aligned program on KQED Learn, co-hosted by the National Writing Project and PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs. WSKG Education connected with Mr. Symons during the summer and supported him to integrate the project within the class. Mr. Symons shared:
“The kids really enjoyed this assignment because they got to pick something that they were passionate about (student choice)! Through their research, they got to become experts on their subject and share their views/research with the world.
Over the previous week, the city was the site of escalating tensions between pro- and anti-Trump groups.
Unaffiliated voters aren’t talked about a lot but they can be the difference between winning and losing close elections. They wonder why should they compromise their beliefs to join a political party.
“The ballot line is under attack, and it could go away. To save it, we need as many New Yorkers as possible to vote for the Biden–Harris ticket on the WFP line this year.”
Democratic incumbent Anthony Brindisi, former Republican representative Claudia Tenney and Libertarian candidate Keith Price covered an array of issues, including policing and climate change.
Voters asked candidates about their qualifications, government policies and voting records.
Millions of absentee ballots were already returned nation-wide, but candidates are still campaigning. So, what if you change your mind?
The number of polling places vary from county to county, but each county is required to have at least one early voting polling site.
“We’re anticipating a very big turnout in early voting, it seems easier than Election Day, but we have no idea.”
A spokesperson for Bucks County confirmed at least 1,091 voters have received two ballots and an official in Mifflin County said 108 voters were subject to the error.
After the new bail reform laws took effect in January, some areas of the state started to report a rise in crime, particularly in New York City.