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WATCH: A Q&A with top Pa. election official Al Schmidt

by Spotlight PA Staff |

Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt holds a news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg.
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This year, Pennsylvania voters will cast their ballots for president, members of Congress, top state offices such as attorney general and treasurer, and more.

In 2020, the state was subjected to false claims of election fraud fueled by former President Donald Trump. The claims led to a flood of lawsuits, some of which went to the state’s Supreme Court, and sowed distrust in Pennsylvania’s election system.

On Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. ET on Zoom, Al Schmidt, head of the Pennsylvania Department of State, joined Spotlight PA to discuss how his agency is working to create trust in our election system and combat misinformation. Schmidt took audience questions. The event also included a Q&A with a University of Pittsburgh researcher on how to spot election misinformation.

Our panelists included:

  • Carter Walker, reporter, Votebeat

  • Kate Huangpu, government reporter, Spotlight PA

  • Al Schmidt, secretary of the commonwealth

  • Beth Schwanke, executive director, Pitt Disinformation Lab

Trusting Elections from Spotlight PA on Vimeo.

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