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Editorial: Voting is still your civic duty, even during a pandemic

Editorial: Voting is still your civic duty, even during a pandemic

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

March 24, 2020

It’s vital that everyone who is registered to vote in Pennsylvania — and anywhere else in the U.S., for that matter — keep track of the date of any and all upcoming elections and prioritize voting.

Summit aims to inspire more student voters

Assistant director of campus partnerships for the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Ryan Drysdale gives remarks at the Western Pennsylvania Student Voting Summit in the William Pitt Union Saturday afternoon.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

Students and seasoned volunteers, met at the nonpartisan Western Pennsylvania Student Voting Summit in the William Pitt Union ballroom on Saturday. Their aim was to collaborate on registering the most voters before the April 13 deadline for the Pennsylvania Democratic primary on April 28.

Editorial: Stein settlement forces problematic voting equipment vendor on Allegheny County

The interim Board of Elections voted last week for Allegheny County to purchase new voting equipment and software.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

October 2, 2019

The deadline prompted by the settlement in Stein’s suit might not have given voters the best choice for new voting equipment.

Editorial | It’s about time: online absentee applications in Pa.

Governor Tom Wolf announced on Monday that state voters will be allowed to request absentee ballots online.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

September 9, 2019

This change is a start, but if Pennsylvania really wants to increase fairness, they must continue to make deliberate improvements.

NextGen voters turned away at polls

Abigael Medina, 19, of Chicago, registers for voter information with NextGen Climate Illinois at the Logan Square Centennial Monument in Chicago on July 16, 2016.

By Erica Guthrie, Staff Writer

November 19, 2018

Some students were confused and frustrated when they couldn’t vote after registering with NextGen America. NextGen America registered thousands of students to vote on Pitt’s campus — though some were still turned away at the polls.

Editorial: Despite new district map, parties still responsible for success

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court redrew the state’s congressional maps after finding the GOP-drawn map unconstitutional. (Image via Wikimedia Commons)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

February 21, 2018

The Supreme Court released a new Pennsylvania Congressional District map Monday, redrawn to correct the state’s 2011 Republican-drawn version of the map, which the Supreme Court ruled as being an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander.” Democrats feel encouraged by the new map, while Republicans are understandably concerned this new congressional map...

Students lament low voter turnout at local elections

Students and community members voted in Posvar Hall Tuesday. About 80 people cast their vote at the polling station. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Hannah Schneider, For The Pitt News

November 8, 2017

After last year’s presidential election results, Zoe Kovacs didn’t expect to be one of the only people at the polls Tuesday. But when she showed up at Posvar Hall at 2 p.m., she was “appalled” to find she was only the 40th person to show up. “[The poll workers] were all cheering, ...

Editorial: Use Election Day as opportunity for progress

Reporters surround Mayor Bill Peduto after his victory in the Democratic primary this May. (Photo by Anna Bongardino | Assistant Visual Editor)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 7, 2017

In the aftermath of last fall’s presidential election, many young voters eagerly looked forward to the next chance they’d have to influence their communities through the ballot box. Unfortunately for those of us in Pittsburgh, however, some of today’s most visible municipal elections offer littl...

When representatives don’t represent, don’t reelect

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) walks to the senate chamber on July 28, 2017 before voting against the Skinny Repeal bill, which would have repealed the Affordable Care Act. (Alex Edelman/Zuma Press/TNS)

By Saket Rajprohat | Senior Columnist

August 28, 2017

How does something extremely unpopular become law in our democracy? Congress. Over the past few months I have attempted to keep up with fast-paced news like the GOP’s health care bill’s rapid push through Congress by Mitch McConnell or the votes on the Restoring Internet Freedom Act — two b...

The polls are open in Pennsylvania!

A Davenport, Iowa, resident puts his ballot in the ballot box at the United Neighbors polling location in Davenport on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad-City Times/Zuma Press/MCT)

November 8, 2016

Still confused about the ballot? Check out our Guide to the Allegheny County ballot. Polls are open until 8 p.m. Follow and contribute to our live coverage on Twitter with the hashtag #OaklandVotes. And check back in on this page throughout the day. Remember, if you are voting in this precinct fo...

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