Emily Previti, Reporter

Emily Previti
Emily is a reporter who’s been covering election security and voting procedure in Pennsylvania for more than a year for WITF and, previously, statehouse accountability news organization PA Post. She was the senior reporter for statewide public media collaboration Keystone Crossroads, covered city hall for PennLive/The Patriot-News (Harrisburg, Pa.) and The Press of Atlantic City, and reported for the Northwest Herald. Her work has been recognized by PMJA, RTDNA’s Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, New Jersey Press Association and Illinois Press Association. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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From Philly to Erie, 12 Pa. voters talk about their crucial swing state vote

Our network of reporters talked with people across the state about who they are voting for and how they’re being affected by the biggest issues of the year — including COVID-19, the economy, and protests for racial justice.

By Laura Benshoff/WHYY, Min Xian/WPSU, Emily Previti, Peter Crimmins/WHYY, Alanna Elder, Sam Dunklau and Ariel Worthy/WESA

‘There’s a sense of urgency:’ Many Pa. voters are hand-delivering their mail-in ballots

As of Oct. 14, more than a half-million Pennsylvanians have returned their ballots, according to state data shared by the U.S. Elections Project. Seventy-six percent of those mail-in ballots came from registered Democrats, while just 16 percent came from Republicans.

By Brett Sholtis and Emily Previti

Everything Pa. poll watchers can — and can’t — do on Election Day, explained

President Donald Trump called on his supporters to “go into the polls and watch very carefully.” But there are actually strict rules about poll watchers and what they can do.

By Emily Previti and Joseph Darius Jaafari/Spotlight PA

Updated: October 9, 2020 | 1:30 pm

Counties are asking for a change to help them tally votes faster. But as election day nears, Pa.’s legislature hasn’t acted on a bill to make that happen

“It's mystifying to see this train coming at us, the counties, the voters – and for the legislature not to do anything about it,” a good-government group official said.
By Emily Previti

Why Pennsylvania voters’ options for casting mailed ballots vary across the state

More than two dozen election officials said they’ll set up at least a drop box or two monitored by a law enforcement official, security camera or both.
By Emily Previti and Sam Dunklau

Updated: October 1, 2020 | 2:07 pm

Pa. lawmakers face off over investigative election panel critics fear will disrupt voting already underway

The state House of Representatives is poised to create the majority-weighted panel by resolution, which isn't subject to a gubernatorial veto.
By Emily Previti

Updated: September 23, 2020 | 11:10 am

Pa. Republicans ask top state court to suspend its own vote-by-mail order pending appeal to SCOTUS

“[The ruling] jeopardizes the security and integrity of our elections and will potentially put Pennsylvania in the middle of a disastrous national crisis."
By Emily Previti

Pennsylvania’s top court extends mailed ballot return deadline, approves drop boxes ahead of vote-by-mail surge forecast for November.

The state Supreme Court also affirmed poll watchers can't work outside their home county and election officials can't accept ballots mailed without an internal secrecy envelope.
By Emily Previti

Judge denies NAACP bid for pandemic-related changes to election procedures

“The question ... is whether the relief that you're requesting is a constitutional imperative. Whether you have shown that, in the absence of that relief, constitutional rights are going to be lost. I'm not convinced.”
By Emily Previti

Gov. Wolf plans to veto election code bill in its current form

As amended Tuesday, HB2626 would let counties start processing mailed ballots the Saturday ahead of Election Day, much later than the three weeks in the original version of the measure, a timeline favored by election directors.

By Emily Previti
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