Pennsylvania

DOJ: Pennsylvania County’s Ballot Practices Illegal

The Department of Justice has directed a Pennsylvania county to change its illegal ballot-handling practices before the election. An investigation into discarded ballots there has revealed “troubling” findings. An investigation by the FBI and local officials of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, began after nine military mail-in…

Pennsylvania County Blames Contractor For Discarded Ballots

A Pennsylvania county on Friday blamed a contractor for the discarded ballots found by FBI agents this week. The nine military mail-in ballots were found in a dumpster in Luzerne County, as were four absentee ballot envelopes that were empty, federal officials said. County officials…

Mail-In Ballots Found Discarded in Pennsylvania

Discarded mail-in ballots cast by military members for President Donald Trump were discovered in Pennsylvania. It’s the second lot of discarded ballots found this week. The FBI and local police are investigating the incident. Early voting started this month in many states, and already, mail-in…

DOJ Directs Pennsylvania County to Change Practices After Discarded Ballots Found

The Department of Justice directed the Pennsylvania county where discarded ballots were found to change its practices before the upcoming election. U.S. Attorney David Freed said in a letter to Shelby Watchilla, director of elections for Luzerne County, that the nine discarded ballots all originated…

What the Supreme Court Fight Means for the Senate Majority

The struggle over Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court could help propel Democrats to the brink of a Senate majority in November’s election. But whether it lifts them over that threshold could turn on the terms of the confirmation fight. Given the nature…

16 Arrested Human Trafficking, Drug Sting in Pennsylvania: Officials

Sixteen people are facing charges following a human trafficking investigation at hotels in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, over the weekend, officials announced on Wednesday. Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier said the operation, which received FBI assistance, was focused on adult human trafficking and drug activity,…

The Election Is Already Under Way in America’s Courts

Although the election is not technically until November 3, election season is already well under way—most significantly in the dozens of election-litigation cases that are determining how people can vote, whether they can vote, and whether their votes will be counted. In the many cases…

Judge Declines to Allow Pennsylvania Governor to Reimpose Limits on Gatherings

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday said he would not let Gov. Tom Wolf reimpose limits on gatherings. U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled that Wolf administration officials didn’t succeed in demonstrating they’re likely to prevail on appeal. Stickman, a Trump appointee, ruled last week…

The Core Lesson of the COVID-19 Heart Debate

Editor’s Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers. Find the collection here. Last Monday, when I called the cardiologist Amy Kontorovich in the late morning, she apologized for sounding tired. “I’ve been in my lab infecting heart cells…

Howie Hawkins Is No Kanye West

Howie Hawkins may be the Green Party’s presidential nominee, but he isn’t Jill Stein—or at least, he can’t be, because he’s not on the ballot in as many swing states as Stein was in 2016. Courts in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania decided this week to keep…

Pennsylvania Adjusts Mail-In Ballot Deadline

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is extending the deadline for mail-in ballots this November. It’s a crucial decision—both for the swing state and the country. 0…

Western Pennsylvania School Defies Governor’s Limits on Fan Attendance

It’s been a rough week or so, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. Not only did a federal judge rule portions of his coronavirus mitigation strategy unconstitutional, a high school in Western Pennsylvania have apparently ruled his limits on fan attendance, nonessential. 0…

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