Close Races Put Pennsylvania House Majority Control in Limbo

Partisan control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives remains up in the air, two days after 101 Democrats and 100 Republicans were elected. As of Thursday there are two races in swing districts still unresolved. Both of the seats are held by Republicans in the General Assembly session that ends this month. It may be weeks before county elections officials finish vote counting to determine winners. If Republicans control the chamber, incumbent Republican Speaker Bryan Cutler of Lancaster County is likely to keep the top job. But House Democratic floor leader Joanna McClinton of Philadelphia is predicting she's going to become the Legislature's first female speaker. Source: NBC Political News
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Power Balance in Congress on Ballot for Pa. Voters. These Are Races to Watch

Three races among Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation have taken shape as some of the closer contests in the country this year. The state's voters are deciding contests Tuesday that could shift majority control in the U.S. House. Pennsylvania’s delegation has been redistricted twice in recent years. Two Democratic members of Congress have tough challenges, Matt Cartwright in the Scranton area and Susan Wild in the Lehigh Valley. Another close race is just north of Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania's slow population growth is causing it to lose a seat in Congress, so the state's 18-member delegation is falling to 17 members. Pennsylvania polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Source: NBC Political News
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Tom Wolf Signs Law to Yank Toll Scofflaws' Vehicle Registrations

A measure to help the Pennsylvania Turnpike recover more unpaid tolls will take effect in two months, following the governor's signature. Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday approved legislation that could trigger the suspension of thousands of vehicle registrations early next year. Officials says there are some 25,000 vehicles with overdue bills for turnpike travel. After the law takes effect in two months, the process will start with the Turnpike Commission notifying registrants they are seeking to have their registrations suspended. At least a month later, the toll agency can ask the Transportation Department to start the process, and PennDOT said it will give the owners six weeks’ notice. Source: NBC Political News
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Pa. Supreme Court to Sort Out If Mail-In Ballot Envelopes Need Dates

Senior Pennsylvania elections officials are arguing in a new court filing that handwritten dates on the envelopes that many state voters use to mail in their ballots shouldn't be mandatory. The brief filed with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday says that's partially because the Legislature in 1968 acted to deemphasize the importance of dates on envelopes. Source: NBC Political News
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