Pennsylvania voters who wish to vote by mail in the May 17 primary must submit an application today.
That means either in person by the end of your county elections office or online through the Pennsylvania Department of State website. The deadline for both ways is 5 p.m
Here are considerations for applying and then submitting your completed ballot before the 8pm deadline on May 17.
How do I personally request a postal vote?
The quickest way to get a mail-in ballot today is to go to your county electoral office in person. This is also the quickest way to return your completed ballot.
For example, if a voter from Philadelphia goes to the city’s election office at City Hall today and requests a mail-in ballot, the voter will receive it immediately and then have the opportunity to fill it out and mail it back to City at the same time, Commissioner Seth Bluestein said.
A voter could also choose to take the ballot home with them if they don’t want to fill it out right away. In that case, after they fill it out at home, Bluestein said, they can then:
- Bring it back to the Elections Office to submit
- Place it in one of the city’s official dropboxes (A map and list of locations is below.)
- Send it back using the US Postal Service
All of these options must be completed by the 20:00 deadline on May 17th.
How do I apply for a postal vote online?
You can request one here via the Pennsylvania State Department website. The online form must be completed by 5 p.m
When can I drop off my absentee ballot in a mailbox?
Counties have set up drop boxes in various locations. You must drop off your ballot in a box within the district where you are registered to vote. You can find a Dropbox in your applicable county here: dollar, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia or in the map and list below.
How do I fill out my absentee ballot?
There are a few important points to keep in mind: be careful when opening your ballot, make sure the ballot is in the secret envelope provided before putting it in the outer envelope (this will avoid a “bare” ballot) and make sure you sign the outer envelope before mailing it back. You can get a more detailed explanation here and here (note that the second link is a 2020 article, but the same rules apply).
Keystone state voters will play a crucial role as the political party controls Congress, particularly in the open race to replace retiring Republican Pat Toomey in the US Senate. Meanwhile, both Democrats and Republicans see the governorship as vital, where the party will control state politics for the next four years. Current Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, cannot run for a third term.
When are the PA primary and general election 2022?
The Pennsylvania primary is on May 17th. The general election will take place on November 8th. Polling stations for both elections are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m
Can I vote in elementary school?
Pennsylvania has a closed area code. That is, in order to vote for a member of a particular party, you must be registered as a member of that party. In other words, if you don’t belong to any party, you can’t vote in the primary.
However, non-party voters are allowed to vote in the federal elections, and they can also have a say in voting issues.
Who is running for PA governor?
Democratic Party candidate Josh Shapiro, submitted to run for governor while serving his second term as Pennsylvania’s Attorney General-elect. He has a clear lead to the party’s nomination without opposition.
Nine candidates remain on the Republican side.
They are: Lou Barlettathe GOP’s 2018 US Senate nominee and a former congressman known for his crusade against illegal immigration; Jake Cormanthe senior state senator; joe galea Montgomery County commissioner; Charlie Gerowa marketing consultant and longtime conservative activist; Melissa Hart, an attorney and former congresswoman; State Sen. Doug Mastrianoa force in Pennsylvania right-wing politics who allied with Trump and pushed to overthrow the 2020 presidential election; Bill McSwainan attorney who was the Trump-appointed US Attorney in Philadelphia; David White, who runs a major plumbing and HVAC company and is a former Delaware County councilman; and Nche Zamaa cardiac surgeon who has led units at various Pennsylvania hospitals.
Who is running for the US Senate?
Both parties will have contested primaries.
Four candidates are running for the Democratic Party nomination.
You are: Lt. gov. John Fetterman; second term rep. Malcolm Kenyatta from Philadelphia; liberal activist and Jenkintown councilman Alex Khalil; and third term U.S. Rep. Conor Lamm a suburb of Pittsburgh.
There are seven candidates on the Republican side.
You are: conservative activist Kathy Barnett, who has allied with leaders in the Trump-led push to overthrow the 2020 presidential election; real estate investor Jeff Bartos, who was the party’s nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018; Lawyer George Bochetto; Lawyer sean gale; former hedge fund CEO David McCormick; Mehmed Ozthe self-proclaimed health and wellness guru and author best known as the host of the daytime show The Dr. Oz Show” is known; and Carla SandsTrump’s former ambassador to Denmark, who ran her late husband’s commercial real estate empire in California.
What are the other major races?
In addition to running for governors and US senators, voters can choose a lieutenant governor as well as representatives in Pennsylvania’s 17 US House of Representatives districts.
In southeastern Pennsylvania, every current member of Congress representing the region’s seven US House of Representatives districts is running for re-election.
View the candidates for these races by clicking here.
All the candidates, issues, and key dates voters in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware need to know are on NBC10 Decision 2022 Side. You’ll find tools to help you navigate the midterm election, including when to vote and who will be on your ballots in the November primary and general election.
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