Jonathan Lai, Philly Inquirer

Jonathan Lai

Philly Inquirer

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Recent articles by Jonathan:

New Jersey is holding a primary election but results could take days

The winners of two closely watched congressional races and other contests likely won’t be known for days while officials count hundreds of thousands of mail ballots. → Read More

The New Jersey primary is Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Like other states that expanded the use of mail ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic, most of the voting has likely already happened. → Read More

High-stakes lawsuits could shape who votes and how ballots are counted in November

There’s growing attention to how elections are run and how the system can change outcomes. Not to mention the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

The Trump campaign is suing Pennsylvania over mail ballot drop boxes

The Trump campaign sued Pennsylvania state and county elections officials, saying mail ballot drop boxes are unconstitutional in the way they were used in the June 2 primary election. → Read More

Pennsylvania’s nightmare 2020 voting scenario — and how to prevent it

The experience of this month’s Pennsylvania primary election, coupled with Trump’s increasingly frequent false claims about mail voting, point to a troubling possibility in November. → Read More

Pa. NAACP sues state for changes to election law before November’s election

In a pandemic, the NAACP says, Pennsylvania’s electoral system disenfranchises voters, particularly black and Hispanic ones. → Read More

Pennsylvania’s primary election results are finally in. Here’s what they mean for November.

A surprisingly robust Democratic showing was fueled by a surge of voting by mail in the last statewide contest before November’s general election, when the state could determine the presidency. → Read More

Philly elections officials caught 40 cases of double-voting. It’s not fraud but it’s still a problem.

It was the first election in which any voter could vote by mail, and coronavirus fears helped fuel an unexpected surge in mail ballot requests. → Read More

What Black Lives Matter protests in Pennsylvania’s ‘Trump Country’ mean for 2020

Protests have occurred in at least 56 of the Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including in more than 40 towns Trump won four years ago. → Read More

Pennsylvania held an election. We won’t know the results for days. Here’s what that means for November.

Pennsylvania held its primary election, but only a fraction of the votes had been tallied Tuesday night. It will take take days to count them all. → Read More

Courts extend Pa. mail ballot deadlines in Bucks and Delaware Counties

Like other counties in the state, elections officials in Bucks and Delaware Counties have faced an unexpected surge in mail ballots. → Read More

Pa. 2020 primary election live updates: Polls open amid coronavirus, George Floyd protests

The election is taking place against the backdrop of two overlapping crises: the coronavirus pandemic and ongoing protests and civil unrest over the death of George Floyd. → Read More

What we’re watching for in Tuesday’s unprecedented Pennsylvania primary election

Pennsylvanians are voting Tuesday in an atmosphere with few precedents — if any. Here's what we'll be watching. → Read More

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf extends mail ballot deadlines for one week

County elections officials had warned the state deadline would likely disenfranchise thousands of voters. → Read More

Philly officials are scrambling to prepare for Tuesday’s primary election as unrest continues

Officials relocated staff and about 30,000 ballots from their offices in City Hall as protesters set fire to cars outside and smashed windows. → Read More

Democrats requested Pennsylvania mail ballots at higher rates than Republicans in every county

Nearly 18 times as many Pennsylvanians have requested mail ballots this year as in the 2016 primary, fueled by both a change in election law that allows anyone to vote by mail and a pandemic that makes it riskier to vote in person. → Read More

Days before the Pa. primary, Democrats and progressive groups continue push for more time to vote by mail

The cases, all opposed by Republicans, could scramble the rules just days before people are set to cast their votes in Pennsylvania's primary. → Read More

Bucks County just went to court to extend Pennsylvania’s mail ballot deadline

The coronavirus pandemic has slowed down the processing and mailing of mail ballots. → Read More

Philly will have mail ballot drop boxes for voters this weekend and on election day. Find yours here.

Philadelphia voters who don’t have time to send back their mail ballots for Tuesday’s primary can instead drop them off at multiple locations across the city. → Read More

Montgomery County just went to court to extend Pennsylvania’s deadline for mail ballots

County elections officials are seeking a one-week extension of the mail ballot deadlines for voters. → Read More