Pedestrians walk past a polling station on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 in Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's municipal elections feature contests for two statewide appellate judgeships, as well as some potential firsts in local contests.
Katie Meyer was WITF’s Capitol Bureau Chief from 2016-2020. While at WITF, she covered all things state politics for public radio stations throughout Pennsylvania. Katie came to Harrisburg by way of New York City, where she worked at Fordham University’s public radio station, WFUV, as an anchor, general assignment reporter, and co-host of an original podcast. A 2016 graduate of Fordham, she earned several awards for her work at WFUV, including four 2016 Gracies.
Katie is a native New Yorker, though she originally hails from Troy, a little farther up the Hudson River. She can attest that the bagels are still pretty good there.
WITF's Capitol Bureau Chief Desk is partially funded through generous gifts made in the memory of Tony May through the Anthony J. May Memorial Fund.
It adds two weeks to the voter registration period, extends the deadline for returning absentee ballots, and lets voters request absentee ballots without an excuse. It also gets rid of straight-ticket voting.
In a speech Monday, Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar said some county election officials have told her they might have trouble counting absentee ballots, or dealing with an influx of late registrations.
She noted, the situation is especially tough because the new laws are being used for the first time in a “major election year.”
“That’s why the Department of State has been spending a lot of our focus on assisting the counties,” she said.
That assistance has taken the form of training county election workers, and putting together new websites explaining the voting law changes.
Despite possible technical difficulties, Boockvar said she expects the election code overhaul will make voting more accessible.
She added, lawmakers could go even further by allowing voters to register up until election day.