Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Marie Albiges covers election administration and the process of voting through a collaboration between Votebeat and Spotlight PA. Marie joins the team from Virginia, where she covered the legislature and governor’s office for the Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot. A winner of several Virginia Press Association awards, Marie previously reported on the treatment of inmates, mental health, redistricting and the census. She’s also reported in Austin, TX, where she covered government and education. A French native, Marie spent most of her childhood in Berks County and graduated from Christopher Newport University in Virginia.

Latest by Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

The deciding vote in Pa.’s high-stakes political redistricting could be yours, if lawmakers agree

Four of Pennsylvania’s most powerful lawmakers are accepting applications to chair the redistricting commission, and advocates are hoping for independence.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Pa. audit confirms Biden got more votes than Trump, but can’t tell us much else

A Spotlight PA and Votebeat examination of the underlying data and interviews with experts show the review, known as a risk-limiting audit, is actually quite narrow and cannot speak to the finer details of how well the election was administered on a county-by-county or precinct-level basis.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Counties will again be unable to process mail ballots early during Pa.’s primary election

While a municipal primary typically sees low turnout, election officials said they can’t predict how many voters will take advantage of the state’s no-excuse mail voting law.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Pa.’s new auditor general says his election was fair, but he won’t talk about the others

Because Timothy DeFoor may be asked to investigate the 2020 election, his office said he “must maintain his independence.”

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Delay in census data could put transparency in Pa.’s redistricting process at risk

Carol Kuniholm — chairperson of Fair Districts PA, a nonprofit group advocating for redistricting reform — said she’s concerned lawmakers will use the delay as an excuse to limit transparency and public input, which has been minimal in previous decades.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

What the exit of Pa.’s top election official means for the future of voting

Secretary Kathy Boockvar’s resignation has emboldened her fiercest GOP critics, even though it was not related to her handling of the closely watched vote in a battleground state.
By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Pa. could become a national outlier in how it elects appellate judges. Here’s why experts are worried.

A 50-state review by Spotlight PA and Votebeat, as well as interviews with judicial and academic experts, found only two other states — Illinois and Louisiana — employ such a system, which has increased partisan campaign fights and given special interests and dark money groups more of a foothold.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Top Pa. election official calls for end to ‘lies’ as GOP launches 2020 hearings

in the last few months, a handful of rank-and-file GOP lawmakers spread outright falsehoods about voter fraud.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Senate want Congress to delay affirming Biden’s Electoral College win

Their concerns have been already litigated in court and rejected by judges, many of them Trump appointees.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA

Election officials want a say in Pa.’s voting reforms, but politics may get in the way

As two GOP lawmakers push to abolish mail voting, county election officials say the state should keep and improve the new system.

By Marie Albiges for Spotlight PA