Carter Walker

Carter Walker

Reporter, Votebeat Pennsylvania

Carter was previously a reporter at the LNP in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he covered political extremism, including election misinformation, for the past year. He is originally from Chester County, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Penn State with a journalism degree. After working at the Times West Virginian, he returned to Pennsylvania to cover government and politics with a focus on investigative work.

Turnover has cost the state nearly 300 years of combined experience since 2019, in what the state’s top election official calls “one of the biggest dangers” to our elections.

Heather Honey’s work has been cited by former president Donald Trump and conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell. A Votebeat investigation shows her most influential report — critical of ERIC — is based on distortions and incomplete data.

The 2023 general election saw more ballot errors than any other election since 2019, and election experts say it's directly linked to turnover.

The Department of State ended its years-long contract with a tech vendor after work fell behind schedule.

A federal judge ruled last week that undated and misdated mail ballots must be counted, but it came right in the middle of when counties were finalizing their 2023 election results.

The ruling, which found dates on an outer envelope to be “immaterial” to a ballot’s eligibility, has the potential to prevent the disenfranchisement of thousands of voters next year.

Jay Schneider knew Election Day would be a hard job. Despite the stress and a few setbacks, he pulled off a smooth experience for voters in Chester County.

Northampton County officials say the machines are correctly recording votes even if the paper ballot doesn’t match.

When Chester County needed Jay Schneider to step up, he did, and learned about elections along the way.

The election code dates to 1937, containing sections that contradict one another and don’t address key legal precedents.