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Talks on critical election legislation in Pennsylvania hit a wall

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Closed-door talks on legislation seen as crucial to producing a prompt election result in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania appeared stuck Thursday between the Democratic governor and the Legislature’s House Republican majority.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said an offer extended in recent days to House Republican leaders has been effectively rejected, now less than three weeks before Election Day.

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Pennsylvania becomes a battleground over election security

By: Marc Levy and Christina A. Cassidy

HARRISBURG — For anxiety over voting and ballot counting in this year’s presidential election, it’s hard to top Pennsylvania.

Election officials in Philadelphia, home to one-fifth of the state’s Democratic voters, have been sued by President Donald Trump’s campaign, blasted by the president as overseeing a place “where bad things happen” and forced to explain security measures after a theft from a warehouse full of election equipment.

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Pa. health officials ask residents to cooperate with contact tracers

By: Teghan Simonton

Pennsylvania health officials on Tuesday asked residents to cooperate in contact tracing efforts, as the state experiences a rise in covid-19 infections.

In a news release, the Department of Health encouraged residents to download the Covid Alert PA mobile app and participate in case investigations.

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Judge dismisses Trump lawsuit against Pa. ballot procedures

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — A federal judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday threw out a lawsuit filed by President Donald Trump’s campaign, dismissing its challenges to the battleground state’s poll-watching law and its efforts to limit how mail-in ballots can be collected and which of them can be counted.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan — who was appointed by Mr. Trump — in Pittsburgh also poured cold water on Mr. Trump’s claims that Pennsylvania is fertile ground for election fraud.

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Shapiro preparing for additional court battles as election nears

By: Deb Erdley

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said he has teams preparing for any election law challenges that may be filed between now and after polls close Nov. 3, even as he awaits court rulings on several GOP challenges.

With 26 days remaining until the election and about 2.5 million mail and absentee ballot applications approved, the courts are expected to rule soon on several issues.

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Closed-door talks hint at new attempt to update Pa.’s mail-in voting law

By: Marc Levy

HARRISBURG — Closed-door talks on updating Pennsylvania’s fledgling mail-in voting law showed signs of life Wednesday amid warnings that doing nothing will risk a dragged-out vote count in the high-stakes presidential election in the battleground state.

House Republicans held an internal conference call to discuss the idea of giving counties four or five days to process mail-in ballots before Election Day and to set down security requirements for the drop boxes that some counties are using to help collect mail-in ballots.

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Gov. Wolf eases crowd restrictions, but not many shows ready to go on

By: Natasha Lindstrom and Julia Felton

Pennsylvania’s easing of restrictions on large gatherings provides some breathing room to event organizers during the pandemic — but don’t expect to see the likes of concerts, Broadway shows, parades and other crowd-drawing entertainment to resume in force anytime soon.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, one of the region’s largest nonprofit arts organizations and theater hubs, said Gov. Tom Wolf’s newly announced changes to mandates do not go far enough to start rescheduling imminent shows and performances and other events.

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