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July 8, 2024, Sunday Dispatch, Pennsylvania directs counties to print full year on mail ballots, instead of only first two digits

June 4, 2024, New Jersey Globe, ES&S coding glitch gives wrong ballots to some Cape May voters

May 31, 2024, Votebeat Pennsylvania, Redesigned envelope leads to fewer rejected ballots, but a new type of error sticks out

May 28, 2024, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Voting rights groups file lawsuit to challenge Pennsylvania mail-in ballot date requirement

April 18, 2024, Votebeat Pennsylvania, Missing voting machine documents raise concern about Pa. county’s testing processes

March 27, 2024, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Undated Pennsylvania mail-in ballots should not be counted, appeals court rules

March 18, 2024, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Cybersecurity experts urge retirement of touchscreen voting machines used in Pennsylvania

March 7, 2024, WITF, ACLU sues Central Pa. county over election transparency

March 4, 2024, AP News, Pennsylvania court rules electronic voting data is not subject to release under public records law

February 29, 2024, WFMZ, MontCo moves to expand opportunities for student election workers

February 28, 2024, The Philadelphia Inquirer, A Montco official ended up at the White House to advise on voting accessibility ahead of 2024. Here are some of his ideas.

February 21, 2024, 6ABC, Montco official eyes novel approach to cure minor mistakes on mail-in-ballots

February 12, 2024, Votebeat Pennsylvania, This Pa. activist is the source of false and flawed election claims gaining traction across the country

February 9, 2024, WNEP, Elections director in Luzerne County resigns

February 7, 2024, Bolts, How an ‘Ice Cream Truck’ for Voting Could Stop Pennsylvania Ballots from Being Tossed

December 5, 2023,, Mail-In Controversy Stews After Montco Tiebreaker, Certification

December 5, 2023, AP News, Voting experts warn of ‘serious threats’ for 2024 from election equipment software breaches

December 4, 2023,, Last Month’s Touchscreen Voting Debacle in Northampton County, PA a Dire Warning for 2024: ‘BradCast’ 12/4/2023

November 29, 2023, PoliticsPA, Changes Coming to Pennsylvania Mail Ballot Envelopes

November 29, 2023, readMedia, Common Cause/NY & The Black Institute Sue NYSBOE Over Certification of Flawed Voting Machine

October 26, 2023, Votebeat Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania’s voting law is filled with obsolete provisions, troublesome conflicts

October 18, 2023, PennLive Patriot-News, Ex Pa. elections chief, who had stormy tenure, starts consulting firm

October 17, 2023, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Pa. primary scheduling saga lands on April 16 proposal

October 17, 2023, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Pa. House vote to reconsider rejected bill keeps hope alive for an early presidential primary

October 13, 2023, Votebeat Pennsylvania, Effort to move Pa.’s 2024 primary date appears to be dead due to legislative impasse

October 3, 2023, Spotlight PA, Expanded voter ID requirements are back on the table in Pennsylvania

September 21, 2023, Votebeat Pennsylvania, Judge tells Delaware County to accept in-person votes from residents whose flawed mail ballots were rejected

August 14, 2023, Free Speech For People, Advocates Win Security, Transparency Improvements in Pennsylvania Elections, Settlement reached with Secretary of State Schmidt in voting machine lawsuit (Settlement Agreement)

June 8, 2023, Votebeat Pennsylvania, This Pa. county rejected voters’ flawed mail ballots. Then it refused to count their in-person votes, too.

May 18, 2023, PoliticsPA GOP, Dems Propose New Legislation Surrounding Elections

May 9, 2023, PennLive Patriot-News, Judge rules in-person 2020 ballot images in Pa. county are not accessible to public

April 26, 2023,, Montgomery County to install 12 ballot drop-off boxes for May primary

April 24, 2023, PennLive Patriot-News, Pa. House panel advances election reform bill that makes ballot secrecy envelopes optional

February 8, 2023, The Philadelphia Inquirer, New Pa. Supreme Court opinion opens the door for a patchwork of county policies on wrongly dated ballots

January 24, 2023, Delco Times, Recount in Haverford precinct confirms election results

November 16, 2022, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Challenges to Montgomery County ballots likely to determine Pa. House control

October 18, 2022, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Pa. Senate committee advances bill proposing guidelines for transporting marked election ballots

October 18, 2022, Twitter, PA Secretary of State asks the PA Supreme Court to sanction Fulton County for letting others examine their (decomissioned) voting machines.

October 17, 2022, The Daily Beast, MAGA Duo Who Smeared Election Worker Now Holding Training Courses for ‘Poll Watchers’

October 17, 2022, Penn Live, Pa.’s handling of undated mail-in ballots is the subject of yet another lawsuit

October 14, 2022, Spotlight PA, Wolf administration insists undated mail ballots will be valid this November as counties proceed with caution

October 11, 2022, Fox43, Pa. Dept. of State to counties: Keep counting undated ballots

October 11, 2022, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Supreme Court just undid a key ruling for counting undated Pennsylvania mail ballots

September 30, 2022, Pennsylvania Secretary of State, Risk Limiting Audit

September 14, 2022, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Election-denying ‘patriot’ groups are trying to stop the use of electronic voting machines across Pa.

September 12, 2022, Penn Live, Lycoming County commissioners backpedal on electronic tabulation vote

September 7, 2022, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Voting system referendum to be on November ballot

August 19, 2022, Pennsylvania Capital-Star, Pa. court ends impasse on primary election results, orders counties to tally undated postal ballots

August 19, 2022, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pa. counties are worried about the rules for new state elections money, but nearly all applied anyway

August 2, 2022, Spotlight PA, Pa. Supreme Court upholds no-excuse mail voting ahead of midterms  (Judicial opinion:

March 29, 2022, FBI, Cyber Actors Target US Election Officials with Invoice-
Themed Phishing Campaign to Harvest Credentials

March 16, 2022, WFMZ-TV News, Northampton County’s election director resigns

March 10, 2022, Brennan Center for Justice, Poll of Local Election Officials Finds Safety Fears for Colleagues — and Themselves

March 2, 2022, NBC Philadelphia, Pa. Justices Keep Mail-in Voting Law in Place, at Least for Now

January 2022, Spotlight PA, A complete guide and amendment tracker for proposed changes to Pennsylvania’s Constitution

November 30, 2021, WFMZ-TV News, Judge: Undated mail ballots must be counted in Lehigh Co. race

January 7, 2021, The Morning Call, Republicans move ahead on plans to review Pennsylvania election process; tentative series of 14 hearings to start Jan. 21

December 21, 2020, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Delaware County man charged with registering dead relatives to vote in presidential election

August 24, 2020, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pa. Republicans propose election law changes as anxiety builds over mail voting

August 23, 2020, CNN, Major Trump federal voting Pennsylvania lawsuit effectively shut down

August 13, 2020, Politico, Election commission orders top voting machine vendor to correct misleading claims

August 5, 2020, Wall Street Journal (paywall), “Hackers Get Green Light to Test Election Voting Systems”

August 4, 2020, CBS News, Why some mail-in ballots are rejected and how to make sure your vote counts

July 2020, Campaign Legal Center, “Lawsuit Seeks Remedy for New York’s Highest-in-the-Nation Rate of Ballot Rejection”

June 2020, Free Speech for People, “Challenging Unsafe and Unequal State Election Rules During a Pandemic, Voting Rights Advocates File Lawsuit on Behalf of the Pennsylvania NAACP”

June 2020, The Philadelphia Sun, “Wolf Extends Deadline to Count Mail Ballots to June 9. Ballots must be recieved, postmarked by June 2”

June 2020, Reuters, “Exclusive: Philadelphia’s new voting machines under scrutiny in Tuesday’s elections”

May 2020, The Delaware County Daily Times, “Pandemic forces dramatic changes in Delco election procedures”

May 2020, The Intelligencer, “Bucks voters will be ordered to wear masks”

May 2020, GoErie, “New ballot drop box available outside Erie County Courthouse”

Apr. 2020, Coindesk, “Internet Voting Is ‘Not Secure’ and Blockchain Won’t Help, Warns Scientific Body”

Mar. 2020, HBO, “Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America’s Elections”

Jan. 2020, NBC News, “‘Online and vulnerable’: Experts find nearly three dozen U.S. voting systems connected to internet”

Dec. 2019, Washington Post, “The Cybersecurity 202: Lawsuit seeks to force Pennsylvania to scrap these electronic voting machines over hacking fears”

Nov. 2019,, “A Pennsylvania County’s Election Day Nightmare Underscores Voting Machine Concerns”

Oct. 2019, The Hill, “Voting machines pose a greater threat to our elections than foreign agents”

Aug. 2019, Vice, “Exclusive: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials”

Aug. 2019, Politico, “The scramble to secure America’s voting machines”

Feb, 2019, Stacey Abrams and Natalie Crawford call for Hand-Marked Paper Ballots in Georgia:

Jan. 22, 2019, The Inquirer, “Opinion: High-stakes voting machine decision deserves more scrutiny”:…

Jan. 22, 2019, The New Yorker, “How Voting-Machine Lobbyists Undermine the Democratic Process”:…

Jan. 18, 2019,, “Department of State Certifies Fourth New Voting System with Paper Trail and Advanced Security”:…

Jan. 15, 2019,, “Lawrence County Commissioners choose precinct scan voting system”:…

Jan. 15, 2019,, “Opinion: Making Ga., US election systems more secure”…

Jan. 14, 2019,, “Philadelphia scrambles to get new voting machines”:…

Jan. 11, 2019,, “Federal shutdown ties up new voting machines for Montgomery County”:…

Jan. 2, 2019, PR Newswire, “PA Dept state certifies third new voting system with paper trail and advanced security”:…

Dec. 16, 2018, Daily Times, “The Paper Chase:  Pa. starting process of moving to mandate paper trail for ballots”:…

Dec. 13, 2018, “Montgomery County Commissioners Select New Voting System”:….

Dec. 5, 2018,, “PA lawmaker questions governor’s drive for new voting machines”:…

Dec. 3, 2018,, “Does Pa. really need new voting machines?  County commissioners question funding, timing”:…

Nov. 29, 2018,, “Pennsylvania commits to new voting machines, election audit”:…

Nov. 29, 2018,, “Pennsylvania Commits to New Voting Machines, Election Audits”:…

Nov. 28, 2018, Stein v. Cortes Settlement Agreement:…

Oct. 17, 2018, Newsweek, “Here’s How Russia May Have Already Hacked the 2018 Elections”: 

Oct. 2, 2018, Letter to EAC and DHS from 30 Cybersecurity, Election Security, and Computer Science Experts,

Sep. 25, 2018,, “‘Pennsylvania elections are at risk’: Panel urge funding for new voting machines”:…

Sep. 14, 2018, Andrew Appel, Princeton University Professor of Computer Science, “Serious Design Flaw in ESS ExpressVote Touchscreen: ‘Permission to Cheat'”,

Sep. 6, 2018, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “New Report Identifies Steps to Secure Americans’ Votes; All U.S. Elections Should Use Paper Ballots by 2020 Presidential Election”:…

Aug. 23, 2018, Yahoo News, “White House blocks bill that would protect elections”: 

Aug. 22, 2018, The Hill, “DHS Chief calls on officials in all 50 states to have ‘verifiable’ ballots by 2020 election”:

Aug. 13, 2018, Brennan Center for Justice, “Election Security Advance Planning Checklist”: 

2018, Brennan Center for Justice, “How You Can Help #ProtectTheVote This November”:

2018, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, “Securing the Vote:  Protecting American Democracy”: 

July 26, 2018, “Public Citizens Calls on Largest Voting Machine Vendor to Stop Selling Machines that Connect to the Internet, Increase Costs to Taxpayers”: 

July 20, 2018, The Inquirer, “The threat to our democracy? Our indifference to fixing our voting machines”, Editorial:…

July 17, 2018, 60 Minutes, “When Russian hackers targeted the U.S. election infrastructure”:…

July 17, 2018, Radnor League of Women Voters Interviews Citizens for Better Elections: 

July 17, 2018, “Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits it Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States”:

May 15, 2018,, “Storm knocks out power, backup batteries at Harrisburg polling place”:…

May 15, 2018,, “York Township polling location opens with some problems”:…

May 8, 2018, “Senate Intel Committee Releases Unclassified 1st Installment in Russia Report, Updated Recommendations on Election Security”:…

May 8, 2018,, “Extent of Election Hacking Is Still Unclear, Says Senate Panel”:…

May 8, 2018,, “Hack-Resistant Voting Machines Missing as States Prepare for 2018 Vote”:…

May 3, 2018, The Inquirer, “Ahead of the 2020 election, let’s address Pennsylvania’s election security so your vote can count”:…

April 25, 2018, Bucks County Courier Times, “Expert:  Pennsylvania ‘would get an F’ on voting machine security”: 

April 19, 2018, The Inquirer, “Time has come for PA to modernize its voting machines”, Opinion:

April 12, 2018,, “Department of State Tells Counties to Have New Voting Systems in Place by End of 2019”:…

April 5, 2018,, “I Hacked an Election.  So Can the Russians”        (4 minute video with J. Alex Haldermann):

March 30, 2018, The Inquirer, “Most Pa. voting machines are old, hackable, and will likely be used to count the 2020 votes”:…

March 15, 2018, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “We Need Voting Machines with Auditable Ballots”:

March 15, 2018,, “The GOP Couldn’t Recount the Votes in PA Even if it Wanted.  There’s no Paper Trail to Audit”:

March 14, 2018,, “Pennsylvania race shows need for U.S. voting machine upgrades”:…

Feb. 21, 2018, The New York Times Magazine, “The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine”:…

Feb. 9, 2018,, “Wolf Administration Directs that New Voting Systems in the Commonwealth Provide Paper Record”:

Dec. 7, 2017, “York County plans changes to elections process after confusion at the polls”:

Sep. 22, 2017,, “DHS tells 21 states they were Russia hacking targets before 2016 election”:

June 21, 2017, Testimony of Univ. of Michigan Computer Science & Engineering Professor J. Alex Halderman before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee (5 minute video clip):

June 21, 2017, Letter to Congress from 103 Experts on Computer Science, Elections and Security:

Dec. 15, 2016, The Inquirer, “The Ticking Time Bomb in Pennsylvania’s Election System”:

Nov. 8, 2016,, “Pennsylvania voters claim voting machines ‘changing’ ballots”:

Nov. 8, 2016, “PA Official:  Voting Machine Malfunctions Created No Extra Democrat Votes”:

Nov. 8, 2016, “Voting Machine Error Causes Straight GOP Ticket to Switch to Straight Democratic in Lebanon County”:

Sep. 28, 2016,, “More state election databases hacked than previously thought”:

Sep. 28, 2016, Testimony of Princeton University Computer Science Professor Andrew Appel before the House Subcommittee on Information Technology:

Aug. 5, 2016,, “How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes”: