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Election Information

This guide is designed to help you be prepared to vote. Included is information about voter registration and sites where you can access credible sources about the candidates in order to make informed decisions in voting.

Voting

2022 general election important dates

The general primary election happened on May 17, 2022 and the next general election is on November 8th, 2022. The deadline to register for the general election was October 24th, 2022.

Votes PA  is a website geared towards Pennsylvania voters. On the home page, there is an option for you to select the voting information pertaining to being a college student in PA. You will find a link for registering to vote. If you are uncertain if you are already registered , you can check the voter rolls. When you check your registration status it will also list which voting districts you are in. You can also find the location of your polling place, apply either online or by paper for a mail-in or an absentee ballot, and information on being a first time voter.

College students can vote with an absentee ballot if they are not registered at their school address (used their home address to register to vote). Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is November 1st, and they must be received by November 8th.

If you aren't from Pennsylvania, the National Association of Secretary of States (NASS) helps you find information about federal elections in all 50 states. It provides you with registration deadlines and guidelines regarding absentee voting, polling locations, and information on what to bring to the polls.

Visit vote411.org to find out what will be on your ballot--which positions are up for elections, who is running, and other ballot measures.

USA.gov is a government site that provides us with the basics of how to vote. The site includes information on the Presidential election process, the Electoral College, the history of voting, and more.

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Mail-In and Absentee Ballots

votespa.com/applymailballot

Apply for a mail-in ballot online  at VotesPa.com/ApplyMailBallot

The last day to request a mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the May 17th, 2022 primary election was May 10, 2022, with ballots received by your county election board by May 17, 2022.

The last day to request a mail-in and absentee ballot applications for the November 8, 2022 general election is November 1, 2022, with ballots received by 8:00pm on November 8, 2022.

You must be registered to vote to request either ballot type. Find out more about the differences between the ballots on https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx

When your ballot arrives, mark your ballot, following the instructions. Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. The envelopes should be included with your ballot - don't throw them away! Be sure to sign the declaration, and place your ballot in the correct envelopes or your ballot may not count.

To check the status of your Absentee or Mail-in Application or Ballot, go to https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/BallotTracking.aspx. Contact your county election office if you have questions about your ballot status, or if think there is a problem with getting your ballot counted.

If you are not from Pennsylvania. Find voting information for your state on https://www.vote411.org/

Voting in person

Are you registered to vote? Check your status on https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/pages/voterregistrationstatus.aspx. The results will also list which voting districts you are in (for U.S. Congress and State House and Senate).

Where do you go to vote? Find your polling location https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/PollingPlaceInfo.aspx. Polling locations will be open 7am to 8pm. You must be in line by 8pm to vote.

The first time you vote you will need an ID. https://www.votespa.com/Register-to-Vote/Pages/Voter-ID-for-First-Time-Voters.aspx lists acceptable IDs.

No "electioneering" in the polling location. This means leave your partisan or campaign apparel, buttons, signs and other material at home.

How does your county collect votes (devices used)? Visit  https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Voting-System-Demos.aspx and either use the drop down menu to select your county or click on the map to see how you cast your vote.

Not from Pennsylvania. Find voting information for your state on https://www.vote411.org/

If you experience a problem on election day call the Pennsylvania Department of State's official election day hotline 1-877-868-3772. Intimidation, coercion, & threats are all illegal while voting or waiting to vote. Call the hotline if you experience any of this.

 

What are you voting for?

U.S. House of Representatives (2-year term) *

Pa District 10  
Scott Perry (incumbent) (R)

Shamaine Daniels (D)

PA District 9  
Dan Meuser (incumbent) (R) Amanda Waldman (D)
PA District 11  
Lloyd Smucker (incumbent) (R) Bob Hollister (D)
Pa District 13  
John Joyce (incumbent) (R)  

U.S. Senate (6-year term)

John Fetterman (D) Mehmet Oz (R)
Erik Gerhardt (L) Richard Weiss (Grn)

Governor

Douglas V. Mastriano (D)

Josh Shapiro (D)

Matt Hackenburg (L) Christina DiGiulio (Grn)

Lt. Governor

Carrie DelRosso (R) Austin Davis (D)
Michael Bagdes-Canning (Grn) Timothy McMaster (L)

State Senate (4-year term)

State House of Representatives (2-year term)

*Information on other U.S. House district or State Congressional elections can be found on Ballotopedia or  Vote411.org

There are also elected officials at the County level, Township & Borough level, and School District board members. Information on these positions can be found on your local county's website.