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By KATIE MEYER, SAM DUNKLAU, and CHRIS POTTER WHYY Yes, there’s another election day just around the corner. It’s May 18. And, in fact, thanks to no-excuse mail ballots, widespread voting is already open. In addition to deciding local races, voters this year will elect a slew of new judges to...
BY VIRGINIA HINRICHS MCMICHAEL On Jan. 13, the judiciary committee of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives voted 13-12 to send to the House floor H.B. 38, a bill that proposes a constitutional amendment to replace statewide elections of appellate court judges with a system of electing appellate...
By DEBORAH GROSS and LAUREN P. MCKENNA WHYY A proposed amendment to Pennsylvania’s Constitution currently making its way through the General Assembly is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Supporters of House Bill 38 say it is intended to give individual Pennsylvanians more of a voice in how statewide...
By RONALD CASTILLE and ROBERT C. HEIM The Philadelphia Inquirer Our Pennsylvania legislature appears poised to turn a bad idea — electing appellate judges — into an even worse idea — making appellate judge elections regional, instead of statewide. Earlier this week, the Pennsylvania House Judiciary...
By MARIE ALBIGES of Spotlight PA The Philadelphia Inquirer | Spotlight PA This article is part of a yearlong reporting project focused on redistricting and gerrymandering in Pennsylvania. It is made possible by the support of Spotlight PA members and Votebeat, a project focused on election integrity...