One legal battle over (for now): A Commonwealth Court judge ordered three counties to count the ballots cast by voters who neglected to handwrite a date on their ballot-return envelopes. According to The Inquirer, this could mean thousands of additional votes in future elections, but the matter also highlights the risks of county-level disputes in certifying election results.
Money with strings: The Inquirer reports that 63 of the state’s 67 counties are accepting the election grants authorized by the Legislature in July. But many worry about meeting the grant program’s stringent conditions—chiefly the requirement to process mail-in ballots round the clock beginning on Election Day.
More from Grove: At Monday’s session with reporters, the PA House State Government Committee chair said he didn’t expect an election-reform compromise this fall and was noncommittal on the open-primaries proposal that C70’s Ballot PA initiative is campaigning for.
Amendment abuse: PA’s League of Women Voters wants to join Gov. Tom Wolf’s legal challenge to the General Assembly’s move to bundle four controversial issues (on abortion access, voter ID, election audits and executive authority) into one proposed amendment to the state Constitution. It would also include the noncontroversial proposal to enable gubernatorial candidates to select their own running mates.
Fix the rules! In a Bucks County Courier Times op-ed, Eileen Walkowiak of the Bucks County Women’s Advocacy Coalition urges the General Assembly to rein in the power of committee chairs, who can use procedural rules to bottle up popular bipartisan bills. Learn more about the campaign to #FixHarrisburg.