WEATHER: Philadelphia: partly cloudy, high of 71; Harrisburg: cloudy, high of 68; Pittsburgh: rain, high of 57.
NEW THIS MORNING:
* With today’s deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania, a mad dash is expected to reach voters in Philadelphia and around the state, the Inquirer reports.
* The General Assembly has to pass a new budget by Nov. 30. That’s when the current budget expires, and when the current legislative session ends. But in order to approve new spending and revenue plans, lawmakers must confront a projected $5 billion tax revenue shortfall that’s expected to endure through 2021 – the result of job losses and slow economic activity during the pandemic-induced recession, the Capital-Star reports.
* An appellate court judge in Pennsylvania turned down an emergency petition from Republicans seeking to block the Philadelphia suburb of Delaware County from operating a three-day, pop-up early voting center in a predominantly Black area, the AP reports.
* Pennsylvania officials don’t anticipate tallying election results will take more than a few days after voters head to the polls and ballots are in, but declaring a winner will likely take longer. On a press call Friday morning, Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar said she anticipates “an overwhelming majority of ballots” to be tallied by the Friday after Election Day, WITF reports.
* White women are ditching President Donald Trump, and it could cost him Pennsylvania, the Inquirer reports.
* Vice President Mike Pence returned to battleground Pennsylvania on Saturday, telling a crowd in Reading that “We didn’t need a magic wand in fighting for American jobs, we just needed Donald Trump,” the Capital-Star reports.
* Three counties – Erie, Luzerne and Northampton – were notable keys to Trump’s win, turning from Democrat blue in 2012 to Republican red in 2016, and they could again make the difference this year, PennLive reports.
* Pennsylvania is reporting 1,857 new COVID-19 cases, the second-highest daily total since the beginning of the pandemic, days after officials said the commonwealth was seeing a “fall resurgence” of the coronavirus, the AP reports.
* A group of central Pennsylvania restaurant and bar owners is calling on the state House of Representatives and Senate to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s veto of a bill that would have loosened coronavirus-prompted restrictions on the hospitality industry. House Bill 2513 would have set minimum capacity for restaurants and taverns at a minimum of 50% and even beyond that if the premises allow, PennLive reports.
* Federal agents launched another raid at the Local 98 electricians’ union headquarters in Philadelphia between spells of rain on Friday morning. This is the second such raid on the Spring Garden Street building since the federal investigation into the union’s activities exploded into public view four years ago, Billy Penn reports.
* The Inquirer opines that the people waiting hours in long lines to cast ballots are also casting ballots for the importance of voting.
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12 p.m. - Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will deliver his mail-in ballot for the November 3 General Election to the Center City election satellite office, at City Hall. The Mayor will then be joined by City Commissioners Lisa Deeley and Omar Sabir. South portal of City Hall, near the corridor leading to the Elections Satellite Office (Room 140, First Floor).
1 p.m. - the Philadelphia City Council Committee on Law and Government will meet. This remote hearing may be viewed on Xfinity Channel 64, Fios Channel 40 or http://phlcouncil.com/watch-city-council/
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KICKER: “The closer the race, the longer it will take to know who the winner is, and oftentimes you do know within 24-36 hours because it’s not a very, very close race.” – Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar. From WITF.