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Uncharted Territory: The Challenges of Philadelphia's General Election Plan

(08/06/20 2:00pm)

After conducting a primary election in the midst of a pandemic, Pennsylvania's election practices are now the subject of several lawsuits due to complications stemming from COVID-19. Notably ones by the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference and President Trump’s re-election campaign. As November approaches, the state and the city of Philadelphia are grappling with how to handle the issues brought up in the suits, and creating the most effective and safe plan for the general election in the fall. Pennsylvania is a battleground state in the upcoming election and with the presidency on the line, the state’s election practices will be under heavy scrutiny. These lawsuits shine a light on the problems that still exist within the mail-in ballot system and potential gray areas that may lead to the court system deciding which ballots should be counted.