Politics

Isaac Avilucea
Nov 30, 2022 - News

Report reveals disparities in Philly's rejected mail-in ballots

Illustration of a hand casting a ballot into a calendar

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More than 2,600 Philadelphia mail-in ballots didn't count in this month's midterm election because they were undated or incorrectly dated.

  • The majority was cast by voters living in communities of color.

Abortion rights drew Pennsylvania voters to the polls

Data: #WeCount/Society of Family Planning; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios
Data: #WeCount/Society of Family Planning; Map: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Abortion proved to be a big motivator for some Americans โ€” and Pennsylvanians โ€” in last week's midterms, the first election in the Keystone State since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Driving the news: Josh Shapiro's victory has given abortion rights advocates a sense of relief that Pennsylvania's next governor won't roll back protections at the state level.

Mike D'Onofrio
Nov 10, 2022 - Politics

Democrats inch closer to flipping the Pennsylvania House

Illustration of the Pennsylvania state capitol over a divided red and blue background featuring elements of ballots.

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Bill Noll/Getty Images

Democrats are poised to make large gains in the Pennsylvania House following Tuesday's election, potentially threatening Republicans' long-held majority.

Why it matters: Republicans have controlled the state House since 2011 and the Senate since the mid-1990s, resulting in divided governments, most recently under Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf for the past eight years.

Democrats sweep Philadelphia City Council seats

New Philadelphia council members Sharon Vaughn and Jim Harrity.

Sharon Vaughn and Jim Harrity. Photos courtesy of Vaughn and Harrity campaigns

Democrats dominated Philadelphia's special elections for four open City Council seats.

Driving the news: Democrats Jim Harrity and Sharon Vaughn won the two at-large seats over Republicans Drew Murray and Jim Hasher, according to unofficial city election results.

What Philadelphia voters need to know on Election Day

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Illustration: Gabriella Turrisi/Axios

All eyes are on Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races today, billed as some of the top contests in the nation.

Why it matters: The future of abortion access is at stake along with other high-profile issues, such as voting rights, gun regulation and education funding.

Voter Guide: Meet the candidates for Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate seat

Illustration of the U.S. Capitol over a divided blue and red background with elements of ballots.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Pennsylvania's bitter and expensive U.S. Senate race may tip the balance of power in Congress.

Why it matters: The open race to replace retiring Sen. Pat Toomey could be a bellwether for determining control of a tightly divided Senate next year.

Philly Voter Guide: Meet the candidates for Pennsylvania governor

Illustration of the Pennsylvania state capitol over a divided red and blue background featuring elements of ballots.

Photo illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios. Bill Noll/Getty Images

Pennsylvania's gubernatorial race will bring a new occupant to the governor's mansion and potentially big changes to state government.

Why it matters: The open race for governor will determine the future of abortion access, state funding for public education, and regulations around elections and businesses in the sharply divided state.

Mike D'Onofrio
Oct 27, 2022 - Politics

Philly Voter Guide: Meet the candidates running for 2 at-large seats

A blurry Philadelphia City Hall with a red and blue background in the back.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

All Philly voters have a chance to elect two at-large City Council seats during this Nov. 8 election.

Why it matters: The special elections are part of a major shakeup on the council.

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