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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Primary was practice game for Pittsburgh-area counties

By: Julian Routh

Elections officials in the counties surrounding Allegheny started to relax Thursday after months of preparing to administer an election amid COVID-19 and days of counting thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots.

But to some, Tuesday’s primary was the appetizer. November’s general election, headlined by a likely matchup between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, is the main course.

The officials are looking at ways to prepare for an even higher turnout and an even greater influx of mail-in and absentee ballot requests — their assessments beginning with a postmortem of what happened this past Tuesday and where their process was flawed.

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Four Pa. lawmakers have lost seats in primary, some races remain too close to call: AP

By: Marc Levy and Mark Scolforo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Election officials worked through a mountain of still-uncounted ballots Wednesday after a Pennsylvania primary that was held amid civil unrest, a pandemic, the introduction of some new voting machines and the debut of mail-in balloting that pushed county bureaus to their limits.

The result of the highest-profile contests on the ballot were a foregone conclusion: President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, uncontested for their parties’ nominations, won their Tuesday primaries.

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Pittsburgh-area incumbents appear set to win nods for new terms in Pa. Legislature

By: Kate Giammarise and Ed Blazina

Incumbent state legislators appeared to be ahead in a number of local state House and state Senate races, as of late Tuesday evening, according to unofficial results.

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Senate District 43

Jay Costa, the state Senate’s Democratic leader, appeared to have a substantial lead over challenger and first-time candidate Bill Brittain in the Democratic primary for Senate District 43, according to unofficial results Tuesday.

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Third parties call for ballot access relief

By: Kyle Mullins

Much of politics is based on personal interactions, but in the midst of a global pandemic, such interactions can be potentially deadly. The COVID-19 outbreak has left third parties in Pennsylvania out in the cold, concerned that they may not be able to get on the ballot for key races in November due to an inability to collect signatures.

“People aren’t willing to take a pen, or a piece of paper” from a petitioner, national Libertarian Party executive director Daniel Fishman said. Additionally, Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home orders — extended to all 67 of Pennsylvania’s counties on Wednesday — have blocked petitioners from attending now-canceled public events or going door-to-door.

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