Disability Rights PA (DRP) is collaborating with Penn State to conduct a project that seeks to learn about the experiences of people with disabilities when voting. You can view the flyer with information about the interviews as well as contact information to participate in the interviews, which are being conducted by researchers at Penn State.
Interviews are happening now over the next two weeks, and there are still spots remaining to be interviewed. DRP and Penn State would very much like to hear from voters with disabilities about their experiences and any barriers they have faced in voting.
Source: Capitolwire, Nov. 3, 2021
Municipal Elections were held yesterday in the Commonwealth. A few special elections were held to fill vacant State House seats.
In the 164th District, representing Delaware County, Democrat Gina Curry, president of the Upper Darby School board, won the race to succeed former Rep. Margo Davidson who resigned in July after being charged with filing false expense reports. Curry had almost 85 percent of the votes counted by this morning, according to unofficial results.
In the 113th District, representing Lackawanna County, Democrat Thom Welby was elected to succeed Sen. Marty Flynn, a Democrat. Welby, who had been Flynn’s chief of staff, got almost 69 percent of the vote.
Other statewide races were judge races for PA Supreme Court, PA Superior Court and PA Commonwealth Court. Republican Commonwealth Court Judge Kevin Brobson won election to the state Supreme Court Tuesday, beating Democratic nominee Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin.
Democrats will retain their 5–2 majority on the court because the race was a contest to fill the seat being vacated by one of the two Republicans who’d been on the court — Thomas Saylor, who was forced to retire due to hitting the mandatory retirement age for judges of 75.
Republican Megan Sullivan won a race for a seat on Superior Court, and Republicans Drew Crompton and Stacy Wallace won seats on the Commonwealth Court.
In a historic first, Rep. Ed Gainey won his race for Mayor of Pittsburgh. Rep. Gainey will be the first African-American to serve as the Mayor of Pittsburgh. A special election will be held in the future to fill his State House seat.