“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.”
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.
Several of the men and women from Pennsylvania are among the highest-profile cases under investigation by the FBI.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
For the first time in generations, New York Democrats are in absolute control of the process for Congress and the state legislature.
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has announced he is opening an investigation into the matter.
It was discovered the Board failed to process over 2,400 voter registration applications that were filed on time through the state DMV website.
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.
The GOP-backed resolution means counties will turn over voting data within the next 45 days..
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.”
Some have taken a more defiant approach, including several rank-and-file members of the House Republican Caucus.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
“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.”
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.
“We’re anticipating a very big turnout in early voting, it seems easier than Election Day, but we have no idea.”
A survey of Pennsylvanians who did not vote in 2016, found nearly half of nonvoters wanted to cast ballots on Election Day, but were held back by logistical issues — bucking the stereotype of nonvoters as people who are checked out of politics.
“The closer the race, the longer it will take to know who the winner is, and oftentimes you do know within 24-36 hours because it’s not a very, very close race.”
More than two dozen election officials said they’ll set up at least a drop box or two monitored by a law enforcement official, security camera or both.
“[The ruling] jeopardizes the security and integrity of our elections and will potentially put Pennsylvania in the middle of a disastrous national crisis.”
New Yorkers who are not currently registered to vote in the November elections have until October 9th to do so.
The Let NY Vote Coalition says pre-paying postage on return envelopes for absentee ballots will reduce obstacles for voters with health risks.
“Young people can help our elections and make some extra money by becoming poll workers and relieve the pressure on our older poll workers.”
Voters in New York can now request an absentee ballot for the November elections online, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday, with a special portal set up by the state to handle those requests statewide.
“We’re all trying to figure out, ‘How can the counties have the responsibility for making sure the count is accurate and as timely as possible?”
Voters can begin requesting absentee ballots right away from their local elections boards, citing the reason that they fear risks of contracting the coronavirus or any other contagious illness.
In a rush to find answers, lawmakers and election officials alike are proposing a number of changes.
Cuomo’s “American Crisis” will be released Oct. 13, three weeks before Election Day, when Trump is expected to face Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
“If in fact we brought the boxes to them, and they had the ability to vote right at senior centers, right at community centers, then I think that’s the recipe for success.”
“If they get too far into the weeds or attempt to drop in other fixes now, my fear is nothing will get done.”
Changes to state law need to be effective by early September if counties are to implement them in time for the general election.
This will be the 25th time Hawkins has run for office, but his first national campaign. He’s run for Congress, U.S. Senate, governor and several other state and local offices.
“There are many of us who represent diverse communities, … [who] understand that it is our duty to stand up, to protect the rights of Pennsylvanians to vote.”
Pence itinerary included stops in Lancaster, Chester and Philly; Biden was in Scranton, his childhood hometown
New York is a reliable Democratic state in presidential elections. There are no statewide races for governor or U.S. Senate this year. The state has 27 congressional districts. New York voters must be registered with a political party to participate in its primary elections.
The former Pennsylvania governor tells NPR that he worries the president is hurting his own cause by talking down absentee voting because in many cases, it helps Republicans.
“I don’t think I’d feel comfortable walking into a polling place that was in a sheriff’s department—as a black man and especially not during the current moment in American history.’
One of the longest portions of the forum involved questions about housing and homelessness.
More voters cast provisional ballots Tuesday because they hadn’t received their mailed ballot or feared it wouldn’t make the return deadline.
“The word is uncertainty. We don’t know what’s going to happen and it’s very tough for our school districts to budget.”
The challenge now: Counting nearly 2 million mail-in ballots. Final results may take a week to tabulate
Wolf makes surprise announcement that he’s extending deadline for returning mail-in ballots by a week
Voters eligible to cast ballots in the Democratic presidential primary and several congressional and state legislative primaries will be mailed applications for absentee ballots.
The New York State Board of Elections had canceled the June 23 primary over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.
There will likely still be polling places open on June 23rd, but Governor Cuomo is strongly encouraging voters to use the mail- in option instead.
At this point, the state is allowing both in-person and absentee ballots for those village and special district elections.
Election chiefs call on state officials to allow processing to start earlier, clarify which polling places can open.
“Literally, ‘Pay me now and maybe you will get some stuff some time in the future,’ is where some vendors are starting.”
Voters who request absentee and mail-in ballots before the May 26 deadline might receive them at different times due to “factors outside their control.”
State Sen. Doug Mastriano (R-Franklin), the sponsor of a longshot measure to revoke the governor’s emergency powers, said the waiver decisions seem random.
“We at the Board have a legal mandate to conduct our jobs. The continuity of government depends in part on some of the work that we’re doing.”
“I don’t think it’s wise to be bringing a lot of people to one location to vote. A lot of people touching one door knob, a lot of people touching one pen, whatever you call the new device on the ballots.”
“Any at risk individuals should be rightfully wary of voting in person at crowded polling places.”
“The federal government should order factories to manufacture masks, gowns, ventilators. The essential medical equipment that’s going to make a difference between life and death.”
As he runs for president, the former New York City mayor faces tough questions about aggressive police tactics that disproportionately targeted young men of color.
Bloomberg is skipping all of the early states and banking instead on proving his campaign’s viability by doing well on Super Tuesday, when 14 states vote on March 3.
Republican Scott Perry and Democrat Matt Cartwright are both considered to be in toss-up races.
The new application website comes courtesy of Act 77, which expands voting laws. Lawmakers passed it in an effort to boost participation.
At a Women for Trump event in Camp Hill, the vice president touched on education, veterans’ issues, abortion, undocumented immigrants and what he sees as ‘socialism’ in the Democratic party.
The Democratic National Committee is eliminating the requirement for candidates to show grassroots donor support in order to appear in the Nevada debate on Feb. 19.
“We care about people in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and so forth and that’s what they’re demonstrating here tonight.”
Thanks to a package of new laws, county officials will likely have to count more absentee ballots and register more voters.
In order to change how congressional and state legislative districts are drawn before nationwide reapportionment in 2021, the General Assembly needs to strike a deal by early August.
GOP Speaker Mike Turzai scheduled the elections to be held less than a month before the primary. Democratic leaders think that’s needlessly confusing.
The freshmen congressional members join a growing number of Pennsylvania politicians throwing support behind the former vice president.
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says he found tens of thousands of discrepancies in a review of county registration records. But the department says he’s overstating the issue.
House Republicans have voted to elect appellate court judges in regional, partisan elections. Only two other states use similar methods.
“I’ve been on the road pretty much constantly for six months.”
“A lifetime of working with my hands, managing daily challenges and finding creative solutions, that’s given me the tools I need to be your representative in the Senate.”
The Thursday, Dec. 19, debate is co-hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico. It will air at 8:00 p.m. on WSKG Television and WSKG Radio.
It’s called a severability clause, and it’s often included to protect a new law from court challenges.
“The charge of this commission is to set up a system of public financing to reduce the undue influence of big money in our politics. These contribution limits will allow big money to continue flowing, and it’s just completely unacceptable.”
“War chests are in, high contribution limits are in. We are designing a system that is not going to incentivize viable candidates to participate.”
There were mixed reactions Wednesday from New York’s politicians and political parties on this year’s election results.
It could take a year or longer to resolve whether victims’ rights measure is constitutional.
Governor Andrew Cuomo supports fusion voting, or allowing candidates to run on multiple party lines, even though a commission appointed by the governor could end the practice.
“People who are worrying about affordable housing can’t live in the City of Ithaca so they’re not voting in Ithaca.”
Under the proposal, voters would need to present a form of identification before casting a ballot, such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID card, or other government-issued ID document.
Over 130,000 New Yorkers have already voted in the November elections as part of the state’s first-ever early voting system. And those who are closely watching say so far, it’s been a largely successful rollout.
In the email to a commission formed to create a public campaign financing system for New York elections, Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs proposed changing the qualifications for minor parties to automatically earn a place on the ballot.
Korchak spoke as part of WSKG’s interview series with all three candidates.
The possible timing of a special election for a congressional seat has some Republicans crying foul.
“When there’s a sudden reversals based on zero evidence, it seems, it makes you wonder whether other people are pulling the strings here.”
Republican leaders in the New York Legislature are speaking out against a commission that is creating a public campaign financing system for state elected offices, saying the panel is fatally flawed.
“I think we need to come up with better guidelines from the state and not leave it just to the counties to determine where (polling places) can be.”
A New York commission formed to come up with a plan to publicly finance state election campaigns will hold a special meeting on Columbus Day.
President Trump may be forced to release some of his tax records to prosecutors in New York.
“There’s so much chaos going on in Washington. There’s not really much getting done, at all. It’s just constant investigations, impeachment inquiry.”
Pennsylvania is getting a new auditor general next year, and the field of prospective candidates is already getting crowded.
“I’m honored, I’m flattered. I also believe I would win because I’m competitive and I know how to do this, but I also know that there’s a greater opportunity for me to serve more people as lieutenant governor.”
The district stretches from the Pennsylvania border to Binghamton, northeast to Utica and northwest to the shores of Lake Ontario. And it has had three different representatives over the past three terms.
The amendment would enshrine certain rights for crime victims in the commonwealth’s constitution.
A New York businessman has helped Rudy Giuliani promote an unsubstantiated theory of corruption in Ukraine by Joe Biden, ahead of next year’s presidential election.
In New York, individual counties make up the rules for voting, so there is no uniform statewide system. As a result, the procedures for when and where early voting will happen will be different in each county.
Critics of the proposal say Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to strike against a left-leaning party that he’s been feuding with, something the governor denies.
Pennsylvania and other states are working through grants from Congress to upgrade their voting machines and other equipment. Advocates say more work is needed — and billions more dollars.
Advocates hope the commission, which has been slow to start, will start taking steps toward a final report due in December.
New York’s senior U.S. senator said that he will push to provide funds for local boards of elections to harden their security against potential threats by foreign governments.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is asking Democratic presidential candidates to endorse four gun control measures previously adopted in New York.
Democrat Daylin Leach lost support from his own caucus, the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, and the Democratic committees in the counties he represents after being accused of inappropriate conduct with female staffers.
In a new poll, half of Pennsylvania’s registered voters say they plan to vote against President Donald Trump in the 2020 election, no matter who his opponent is.
The only measure approved in 2019 that is unpopular with voters is a new law to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers licenses, with only 43% overall supporting the law.
New York is one of just eight states that allows major party candidates, Democrats and Republicans, to also appear on the ballot on minor party lines.
Governor Tom Wolf is taking matters into his own hands when it comes to funding upgrades for Pennsylvania’s voting machines.
A measure that county commissioners were counting on to fund voting machine upgrades recently met its end under Governor Tom Wolf’s veto pen.
“We want to be helpful to the county commissioners with these voting machines, since we were the ones who decided they were not proper.”
Republican voters in Broome County head to the polls today to select a candidate for District Attorney.
“If it’s something that he wants to have done, it is his unfunded mandate. He needs to figure out where the money comes from for it.”
One of the no-brainers Syracuse-area state Sen. Rachel May expects to pass, is legislation that will expand voting rights. Right now plans for automatic voter registration is stuck over details, such as when residents would be able to decline registration.
“There are 47 states that have an Election Day deadline for returning an absentee ballot, and the only other states that have a deadline earlier than that are Mississippi and Louisiana. Pennsylvania can do better than that.”
“Once people know they’re registered, a really significant proportion, 40 to 50 percent of them, take that invitation and go in and vote. That’s a big increase.”
A deceased redistricting specialist’s documents suggest the citizenship question was added to redraw political maps to favor Republicans and non-Hispanic white people, according to a new court filing.
If Cuomo is re-elected, he’ll be only the second person to win a fourth, four-year term as New York governor after Republican Nelson Rockefeller. Cuomo’s father, the late Gov. Mario Cuomo, lost his bid for a fourth term.
Under current laws, voters in New York must register in a political party more than six months before the primary vote is held. Party registration can only be changed 25 days or more before a general election, held in November.
“We (Republicans) lost this majority in one election. I think we can gain this majority back in one election.”
One constitutional amendment would get rid of Pennsylvania’s current system in which Supreme, Superior, and Commonwealth Court judges are picked in partisan, statewide elections.
The former vice president said Monday, “We need a president who works for all Americans.” A key labor union hosted the event, which focused on economic issues of concern to middle-class voters.
“Mass incarceration has resulted in 264,000 Pennsylvania residents being constitutionally underrepresented. Of those 264,000 residents, over 100,000 are black.”
Pennsylvania is one of the key states the GOP–and Democrats–are targeting in the run-up to 2020.
Supporters say the current system favors a small group of big-money donors at the expense of the average citizen and needs to be changed. But not everyone agrees that is a good idea.
Balter lost to Katko by about 5 points in 2018. It was Katko’s closest race since first winning election in 2014.
“Small county, small numbers, but important numbers and we have to be very vigilant that we don’t take any of this for granted.”
A new report by New York’s Brennan Center found that automatic voter registration in states has given a big boost to voter rolls in states where it’s been adopted.
As a Green Party founder, Hawkins has unsuccessfully run for everything from Syracuse Common Council to governor of New York state to U.S. Senate.
A bill aimed at changing how Pennsylvania draws House, Senate, and congressional maps is getting another shot.
Pennsylvania will redraw its congressional and legislative districts after the 2020 census – and there’s a renewed push to change the rules before that happens.
Fusion Voting resulted in the Democratic and Republican candidates for governor appearing on six different ballot lines in 2018.
The push for a public campaign finance system for New York’s politicians heated up as a feud erupted between three young female lawmakers and Governor Andrew Cuomo’s top aides.
Ukrainian elections have also been turbulent, rife with voter intimidation and even claims by then-president Viktor Yushchenko in 2004 that he had been deliberately poisoned.
There have already been 125 fundraisers for legislators’ election campaigns in Albany since the session began.
Pennsylvania elections officials rejected more than twice as many absentee ballots during last year’s midterm elections than they did in 2010.
Pennsylvania’s general assembly is huge. But reducing its size would require some lawmakers to vote away their own jobs.
A voting, campaign finance and ethics reform bill known as the For the People Act or H.R. 1, is scheduled to be voted on in the House of Representatives this week. Central New York Rep. John Katko (R-Camillus) said he supports many parts of the bill, with one big exception.
A Western New York political operative and former campaign aide for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump is one of more than 80 people or entities contacted by the House Judiciary Committee, which is now looking into alleged misdeeds by the president.
Claims of massive illegal voting by noncitizens have routinely been disproved, but some noncitizens end up on the voter rolls, often by accident. Now, states are trying to fix that.
Last year, Governor Tom Wolf gave counties a mandate: replace their voting machines with ones that leave a paper trail in time for the 2020 primary election. That move was based on concerns that many of the aging machines are difficult to double-check in the event an election’s integrity is questioned.
A voting reform package approved in Albany this year will have some costs to local governments. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon is among those calling on the state to fully fund the early voting portion of the package.
Over 200 groups are pushing for New York State to enact a public campaign finance system for statewide candidates. And they say they’ve never been closer to achieving their goal.
A handful of state senators want to upend the way Pennsylvania conducts its elections. The group–made up of both Republicans and Democrats, many of them senior members–is launching a slate of bills broadly aimed at making it easier to vote.
When the U.S. Census Bureau measures population, prison inmates are counted as residents of the communities where they are incarcerated. The practice can affect how lines are drawn in congressional and legislative redistricting efforts, which will take place after the 2020 census.
Local elected officials are reacting to voting reform measures passed in the Democratic-controlled New York State Legislature last week and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo Thursday. While some Republicans supported the efforts, others said the changes are too costly and could disenfranchise voters.
Voters in Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District will choose a new representative earlier than expected. A special election will coincide with Pennsylvania’s primary election, May 21, after a surprise resignation. Republican Congressman Tom Marino resigned, saying he’s leaving for a job in the private sector.
Local elections officials say it’s a bit overwhelming to consider all the changes that have to take place to implement New York’s new voting laws.
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced her intention to run for president Tuesday during an appearance “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Hours later, the Democrat returned to her native Capital Region for her first campaign event.