Hundreds of Philly firefighters, paramedics, and EMTs can't vote each Election Day because they work all-day shifts and aren't eligible for absentee ballots, illustrating the restrictive nature of Pennsylvania's election system.
Big donors can now write larger checks than ever before, and critics say it allows influence peddling like never before. Philly-area congressional candidates have received millions through the newly supercharged method.
Allowing voters to register online can save time, increase accuracy of voter rolls, and decrease costs for election officials. It also might bump up turnout, especially for young voters and those who recently relocated.
Twice rebuffed by the U.S. Supreme Court in their requests for emergency intervention, top Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers are asking the high court to take up their appeal of the partisan gerrymandering case that overturned the congressional map this year.
Jonathan Lai covers issues related to rights and explores our changing understanding of them. Topics include freedom of expression, gerrymandering, and digital privacy and security. He has been with the Inquirer and Daily News since 2012 and covered higher education in New Jersey until 2017.