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It's Election Day in Pennsylvania

Plus, voters are scrambling to fix issues with their mail ballots.


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A daily newsletter by Spotlight PA

Your Postmaster: Colin Deppen
November 8, 2022
Voting guide, live blog, guv letter, double votes, fixing ballots, more litigation, chronic turnover, citizen scientists, and 40 days of chicken. It's Election Day. 

It's finally Election Day in Pennsylvania, and Spotlight PA has you covered.

First, we have a last-minute guide to what time the polls open (7 a.m.), how to find your polling place (look here), and more. Read a more comprehensive guide to voting here.

We've also launched a live blog that will be updated throughout the day and night. Seven Spotlight PA reporters — in collaboration with our partners from Votebeat and students from the News Lab @ Penn State University — are monitoring voting across the state and will keep you updated with the latest news and developments as they happen.

Finally, if you appreciate the tireless coverage you've seen from Spotlight PA these past two months (and continuing in the days and weeks ahead!), please support Spotlight PA and as a special bonus, your gift will be DOUBLED.

THE ISSUES: There are two marquee races on the ballot today — for U.S. Senate and governor.

Spotlight PA did not cover the U.S. Senate race between Democrat John Fetterman and Republican Mehmet Oz for reasons explained here, but you can find a guide to that race via WESA here.

Our complete guide to the candidates for governor — Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano — is here. We have also published eight issue-specific explainers on that race.  

On Monday, four former Pennsylvania governors sent a letter to Mastriano and Shapiro urging them to accept the results of the election: “In doing so, you will demonstrate to all Pennsylvania candidates who will be looking to you for leadership that love of Commonwealth and Country must come above all.”

In the weeks leading up to the election, Mastriano and his allies have frequently raised questions about debunked or misleading election fraud theories.

Check out our Election Center to read all of our voting and candidate guides. 


"We are traumatizing children, we are traumatizing families."

—Maria Quiñones-Sánchez, a former Philadelphia City Council member and candidate for mayor, on the shooting of nine people in Kensington
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Read our complete coverage, plus key dates, campaign finance data, sample ballots & more at our Election Center 2022 website.

Spotlight on the Issues: Where Mastriano and Shapiro stand on:

»  College Funding & Student Debt
»  Energy & Environment
»  Crime & Justice
»  LGBTQ Rights
»  Abortion, Medicaid, & Opioids
»  Rural Health Care & Broadband
»  Taxes & Business Regulations
»  Election Security & Voting Rights

A complete listing of Spotlight PA voter guides:  

»  All the information you need for Election Day 2022
»  Your complete guide to voting in the Nov. 8 election
»  Everything you need to know about mail ballots
»  Your complete guide to the candidates for governor
»  How to vet the candidates on your midterm ballot
»  No constitutional amendments on the ballot, but big ones loom
»  How to serve as a poll worker on Nov. 8
»  These Pa. voters haven't missed a Nov. election in 50+ years
»  How Spotlight PA will cover Pennsylvania's 2022 election

En Español:

»  Una guía básica para investigar a los candidatos
»  Cómo trabajar como trabajador electoral el 8 de noviembre
»  Todo lo que necesita saber para votar por correo
»  Su guía completa de los candidatos a gobernador
»  Una guía completa para las elecciones del 8 de noviembre

Support Spotlight PA's vital election coverage by making a gift now.
» CAP-STAR: Top election boss expresses confidence in local officials
» PENNLIVE: Lyft offering discounted Election Day trips (paywall)
» TEEN VOGUE: Nonbinary, trans candidates challenge gendered quotas
» WESA: How politics divides these Pittsburgh neighbors
» WHYY: How Philly, its suburbs will tally votes on Election Day
» WHYY: Some election deniers faring better than expected
A squirrel (yes, look closely) spotted by Don H. Email your Decision 2022 photos to us here, use #PAGems on Instagram, or tag us @spotlightpennsylvania
DOUBLE VOTES: Philadelphia plans to discontinue a time-consuming procedure previously used to catch people who vote both by mail and in person, arguing it’s duplicative of other effective measures. A Common Pleas judge on Monday sided with the city against a challenge brought by two elected poll workers, but the case isn't over yet, Spotlight PA reports. 

FIX IT: Following a state Supreme Court ruling that found undated or incorrectly dated ballots shouldn't be counted on Nov. 8, voters are scrambling to fix the errors, the AP reports. Some counties are proactively reaching out to voters about the issues, but others aren't. The state's top election official said people who think they may have made a mistake should reach out to their county immediately. 

MORE LITIGATION: At least two suits have already been filed in federal court seeking to have undated or incorrectly dated ballots counted. One was filed by the ACLU of Pennsylvania and other good-government groups, while the other is being led by the U.S. Senate campaign of Democrat John Fetterman. 

CHRONIC TURNOVER: People who work on the front lines of Philadelphia's foster care system are facing low wages and crushing caseloads, The Inquirer and Resolve Philly (paywall) report. That's leading to chronic turnover that can have serious consequences

CITIZEN SCIENTISTS: As Shell's petrochemical plant in Beaver County moves toward full capacity, PublicSource spoke to the citizen scientists who are preparing to hold the company accountable through air monitors, cameras, water samples, and more.  

UNEARTHED: In North York, volunteers have recovered and restored hundreds of headstones of neglected Black graves, CNN reports.

SHROOM-ROOMS: The Inquirer (paywall) offers a dank photo tour of Kennett Square mushroom farms, where the fungi are cultivated in windowless houses.

BACON FEST: Bacon revelers assembled in Easton over the weekend to celebrate the smoked meat and show off their bacon garb, which is a thing. 

FOWL FINALE: After 40 consecutive public gulpings of rotisserie chicken, Philly's "Chicken Man" has decided to fly the coop and retire. "I hate chicken. I never really liked chicken to start with," he told FOX29.

ENRON & ELON: Like all good stories, a Gawker inquiry into Stephen King's pet phrase "gone like Enron" led to Pennsylvania, where author and Pittsburgh native Stewart O'Nan confirmed he coined the saying.

Unscramble and send your answer to scrambler@spotlightpa.org. We'll shout out winners here, and one each week will get some Spotlight PA swag. Answers submitted by 6 p.m. on issue date will be counted.

Monday's answer: Countryside

Congrats to our daily winners: Becky C., Wendy A., Kimberly D., Elaine C., Chuck M., Jon W., Kim C., Myles M., Craig W., Don H., George S., James B., btfoos, David W., Susan D., Cameron T., Susan N.-Z., Bill S., and Dianne K. 
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