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What would trigger a PA election recount this year

Plus, Fetterman 'at fault' in Maryland crash.

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Thursday, June 13, 2024
Today: How recounts work, Penn State restructuring, Pa. court picks, scathing letter, and the hottest temperature in state history.
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There are least two ways election recounts can be triggered in Pennsylvania, and neither of those is out the question in this year's balloting.

Spotlight PA and Votebeat report Pennsylvania recounts are triggered automatically in statewide races where the margin of victory lies within half a percent. They can also be triggered by voter-initiated petition.

If this year's presidential contest is close enough — polls are tight now — a recount would need to be ordered by Nov. 14. It’s likely at least some voters will request precinct-level recounts, which could negatively affect the state’s certification process and potentially force the courts to intervene.

Read the full report: Elections 101: Everything you need to know about election recounts in Pennsylvania.


"To me, this investment in education is common sense. We will all compromise. No one will get everything they want. Everyone will be better off."

Democratic Gov. Josh Shapiro two days after an education funding reform bill cleared the state House; budget talks continue
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Today's top news story in Pennsylvania.
OUTPERFORMED: What's behind U.S. Senate Democrats like Bob Casey (Pa.) consistently outperforming President Joe Biden in the polls? The New York Times (gift link) reports there isn't one reason, but factors include: the power of incumbency, lesser-known rivals, and more favorable policy terrain. Strategists caution it's early.
Today's second top news story in Pennsylvania.
2028 VISION: Gov. Shapiro is the sixth most popular Democratic choice for president in 2028, according to a long-distance and hypothetical voter survey conducted by Politico and Morning Consult. Shapiro polled at 2% among Democrats — behind several high-profile party figures — and 3% among all voters.
Today's third top news story in Pennsylvania.PSU PLAN: Penn State is taking a regionalized approach to governance at its branch campuses, consolidating leadership, effective July 1, and reducing the number of chancellors amid a systemwide budget shortfall and drop in enrollment, per TribLIVE. A staff buyout period closed with 21% participation. Layoffs are on the table.
Today's fourth top news story in Pennsylvania.
JUDICIAL PICKS: Prosecutor Mary Kay Costello from Philadelphia is set to become President Joe Biden's ninth federal judge appointment in Pennsylvania and his twelfth openly LGBTQ+ judge if confirmed, The Inquirer (paywall) reports. Last month Biden nominated public defender Catherine Henry to the bench in Easton's federal courthouse.
Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.'SECURITY RISK': U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D., Pa.) has issued a scathing letter urging U.S. House Speaker Mike Johnson (R., La.) to pull his appointment of U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (R., Pa.) to the House Intelligence Committee. Houlahan says Perry's a security risk. Perry's office says he's a veteran who served with high-level clearances.
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'AT FAULT': A police report says U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D., Pa.) was speeding and "at fault" in the Maryland car crash that sent him, his wife, and a constituent to the hospital Sunday, via USA Today. No one was seriously hurt and no citations had been issued as of Monday. 

APPLICATIONS OPEN: Pennsylvania has redesigned its online application form for mail ballots to make instructions clearer. The applications are also available two months earlier this year. Request yours here.

PRINT PRODUCTS: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will close its state-of-the-art printing facility in Allegheny County, raising questions about the future of its already-pared-back print product, TribLIVE reports.

HIGH HEAT: A heat wave is coming. Did you know the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pennsylvania was 111°F in Phoenixville, Chester County in July of 1936? Phoenixville hit 100°F in October of 1941.

DRY TOWN: It's June, and Pittsburgh's public water fountains still haven't been turned on. KDKA-TV reports that's because only one city employee can do it, and there are over 200 fountains citywide.
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