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By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Ballot counting continues in the critical swing state of Pennsylvania and all eyes are on its biggest county, Philadelphia, where officials count the last few votes, many of them sent by mail. Some of these are ballots that were postmarked by the November 3rd deadline and must arrive by today [...]
AMERICA RAN OUT OF LANDSLIDES  First impressions of what transpired during the most consequential election of our lifetime by Charles D. Ellison | WURD As of this date, it’s perhaps a fool’s errand to get too immersed in the numbers because ballots are still being counted and lawyers are already getting into it. What we [...]
By Tom Lisi | SpotlightPA.com You may have seen national reports that Allegheny County is taking the day off from counting 35,000 remaining mail ballots. Those reports are misleading. Because a mailing company sent 29,000 ballots to the wrong voters, Allegheny County cannot begin processing those votes until Friday after 5 p.m. That’s laid out [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Ilya Knidhnik, 38, has volunteered as a poll worker for almost two decades. “People use this expression ‘this is the most important election’ a little too much but this really is the defining election of my life,” said the West Philadelphia resident.   Knidhnik worked the polls all day Tuesday [...]
By Marie Albiges | SpotlightPA.com Officials in Pennsylvania agree it’s going to take a while to count all of the ballots cast in this election, and that means we won’t know the final results on Election Day. Despite mounting pressure from the state’s top election official, a handful of counties maintain they will not begin counting [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat   This year’s global health crisis has dramatically changed what voting will look like on Election Day. Despite the obstacles widespread social distancing measures have placed in the way, city officials are still urging voters to exercise their right to vote, in whatever form that may be. “Voting in Philadelphia [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Last week’s fatal, officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., a  Black man from West Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek neighborhood, has brought into focus a ballot question that would allow greater oversight of city police. The officers involved in the incident are being investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department’s investigative unit. Unlike [...]
Philadelphia becomes the largest city in the United States to pass such a ban PHILADELPHIA—Today, City Council passed a ban on police use of “less lethal” munitions in response to demonstrations and other activity protected by the first amendment, introduced by Councilmember Helen Gym and cosponsored by every member of the Public Safety Committee. The [...]
This story is part of the SoJo Exchange of COVID-19 stories from the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to rigorous reporting about responses to social problems. Roxanne Patel Shepelavy | Solutions Journalism In 2015, when Arne Duncan moved back to Chicago after serving as President Obama’s education secretary, he set out on a [...]

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