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By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat This story originally appeared on Poynter.org With vote counting and certification for the 2020 presidential election behind us, national and local news outlets have largely framed public understanding of what the electorate looked like this year.  Media organizations kept track of key facts like the proportion of votes cast by [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat State Representative Joanna McClinton made history this year when she was elected House minority leader by her colleagues in the Pennsylvania legislature on November 12, 2020. The 38-year-old became the first Black woman to ever hold a party leadership position in Harrisburg. A Southwest Philadelphia native, McClinton spent seven years [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Earlier this week, WURD and Votebeat spoke to a dozen Black voters across the city of Philadelphia and asked them to reflect on the 2020 Presidential Election. Now, we’ve asked these same voters to talk about the promise of the new political administration and how they believe these commitments will [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Activist and community organizer Walter Palmer remembers coming up in West Philadelphia’s Black Bottom in the 1950s and 60s during a period of pronounced political activity amongst the city’s Black residents and leaders. Palmer, 86, has spent the past 70 years teaching and training grassroot networks of Black community organizers [...]
By Sojourner Ahebee | Votebeat Nakia Carr, 45, was poll watching at her local precinct in South Philadelphia on Election Day when chaos ensued. She remembers a rush of voters wrapped around the block during the early morning hours right when one of the voting machines suddenly stopped working. “We were having a very rough [...]
By Cynthia Fernandez and Marie Albiges of Spotlight PA | SpotlightPA.com As President Donald Trump continues to question the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election while repeating unverified claims of voter fraud, state Republicans are once again seeking greater powers to investigate the voting process. Roughly two dozen House and Senate lawmakers on Tuesday called for the [...]
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 [...]
By Hadriana Lowenkron | The Plug As talks of a second stimulus check and other federal economic relief efforts for businesses continue to stall, four major Black chambers, in conjunction with other enterprises in the private sector, have taken it upon themselves to aid in the effort to assist Black-owned small businesses with regaining capital [...]
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 [...]

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