Smart Talk Wednesday; What counties are doing to prepare for the election; Nursing home death data still missing

The general election is less than two months away and the stakes have never seemed higher. Election security has taken on a new urgency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and on-going questions about mail-in ballots.

The primary election in June gave Pennsylvania an opportunity to test the mail-in voting process and they’ve come to a sobering conclusion. Pennsylvania counties will face very real challenges in providing timely results following the election. With the eyes of the nation on Pennsylvania as a key battleground state, this is a potential problem. A potentially big problem.

Appearing on Wednesday’s Smart Talk to discuss what counties are doing to prepare for election day are Lisa Schaefer, Executive Director of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, along with Mike Pries, Dauphin County Commissioner and Julie Wheeler, York County Commissioner. 

Pennsylvania’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Early reports show that nearly two-thirds of deaths in the state occurred in these facilities, but the numbers are difficult to verify.

According to a recent report in Spotlight PA, there is still an incomplete picture of how many lives were lost due to the virus inside these facilities.

Spotlight PA reporter Jamie Martines authored the report and will join Smart Talk to talk about the missing data.




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