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When voters can expect primary results

Plus, the races to watch.

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Today: Everything you need to know to vote, races to watch, and Philadelphia's 'direct action guru.' Thanks for checking in. 
It's primary day in Pennsylvania, here are five things to know: 
  1. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Confirm your polling location here. Some polling sites have moved from synagogues or Jewish community centers this year because the primary overlaps with Passover. 
  2. Mail ballots must be received by your local election board by 8 p.m. If you’re returning yours in person or using a drop box, you must use a location in your county. Find more mail voting tips here.
  3. Unofficial results for most races on the ballot should be available tonight, election experts say. Track results here.
  4. Results to watch include Pennsylvania attorney generalPennsylvania treasurer, and Pennsylvania auditor general.
  5. Most state House and state Senate races on the ballot will be decided today, not in November, thanks in part to a lack of truly swingable districts under the current legislative maps.
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"This actual protection from abuse order was no longer in effect on the relevant dates when Mr. Boyle was alleged to have violated that order."

Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner announcing the cancellation of an arrest warrant for state Rep. Kevin Boyle (D., Pa.) a day before the primary

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Today's top news story in Pennsylvania.
RACES TO WATCH: State House Minority Leader Bryan Cutler (R., Lancaster) is being challenged from the right by small business owner Dave Nissley in what's been called his toughest primary challenge yet. And state Rep. Amen Brown (D., Philadelphia) faces two challengers to his left — Cass Green and Sajda Blackwell — in a district that has in recent years seen repeated turnover in its representation.  

Today's second top news story in Pennsylvania.CURE-NONE: Washington County commissioners are refusing to reverse a decision the ACLU says will disenfranchise voters in this primary based on a legal misinterpretation. The ACLU says nothing under the law prevents counties from offering voters a chance to fix or "cure" errors that would prevent their mail ballot from being counted, but commissioners remained unswayed following a marathon public meeting
Today's third top news story in Pennsylvania.
'NO CABAL': One candidate in the GOP primary for Allegheny County’s 45th state Senate District, Kami Stulginskas, says Senate President Pro Tempore Kim Ward (R., Westmoreland) offered her a job in exchange for dropping out, telling TribLIVE: "That feels like a bribe." Ward said Stulginskas is mad she's supporting another candidate, Jen Dintini, adding, “There is no cabal keeping anyone out of this race.”
  • GOP candidate for a Luzerne County state House seat says he was offered future campaign money to drop out, via WVIA.
Today's fourth top news story in Pennsylvania.
COMMITTEE SEATS: A political action committee funded by GOP Lancaster County Commissioners Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino paid for mailers supporting challengers to a GOP committee member who voted against endorsing Parsons’ wife when she ran for a seat on the Court of Common Pleas last year, LNP (paywall) reports. GOP committee seats across Lancaster County are up for grabs this year

Today's fifth top news story in Pennsylvania.
US HOUSE: Three Pennsylvania congressional incumbents face primary challengers today. It's Pittsburgh-area Democrat Summer Lee vs. Edgewood councilmember Bhavini Patel in a Gaza policy-focused contest; Bucks County Republican Brian Fitzpatrick vs. anti-abortion activist Mark Houck; and Philly Democrat Dwight Evans vs. former Register of Wills Tracey Gordon. The incumbents had cash advantages.
  • Why the Fitzpatrick race could offer hints about swing-district sentiment ahead of November's presidential contest, via the AP.
  • Bid to oust U.S. Rep. Perry (R., Pa.) previews Democrats' plan to make 2024 about threats to democracy, via WaPo (paywall).
DIRECT ACTION: Philly "direct action guru" George Lakey was first arrested at a Chester sit-in against segregation in 1963. His latest arrest came during a recent protest outside offices of U.S. Sen. John Fetterman (D., Pa.). The Inquirer (paywall) profiles the "longtime professional troublemaker."

STATUE CASE: An Italian heritage group's years-old effort to block Pittsburgh's removal of a Christopher Columbus statue is still alive following a Commonwealth Court decision late last week, the AP reports.

RIDE THE RAILS: Amtrak’s Keystone route between Harrisburg and New York City is the most punctual in all of America with an on-time performance rate reaching 95%, according to new federal reporting.

PIZZA PARTY: Join TribLIVE reporter and offbeat pizza aficionado Ryan Deto in Sewickley on Wednesday for a talk about Pennsylvania's most "wonderful and weird pizza pies" and some samples. Register here.

SIGNATURE WINE: Penn State researchers, citing the successes of other states, say Pennsylvania could win big with a signature wine of its own that's made and marketed here, and they've got just the grape to do it.
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