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2013 Elections

Even by odd-year elections this is an ‘off year’ election as county commissioners are not up. In many counties those associated with law enforcement will face the voters – DA, Sheriff – as will other row offices such as Clerk of Courts and Prothonotary. Many counties will elect local Judges and there will be a statewide race for Superior Court in 2013.

In addition, two of the state's Supreme Court Justices will stand for 'retention,' a Yes/No vote on whether they will receive another term in office. Neither Justice up for retention -- Republican Chief Justice Ron Castille or Democrat Max Baer -- could serve the full 10 years on the Court if retained. Both would bump up against the Constitutionally-mandated retirement age of 70: Castille after one additional year and Baer after five.

PBC Political & Grassroots Director Chris Nicholas interviewed Chief Justice Ron Castille in March to discuss his retention campagin.
 


Voters this year will choose one new Judge for the state Superior Court. All three candidates have been rated 'Recommended' by the state Bar Association. Click here for details on their backgrounds and qualifications. The Superior Court currently has 14 members: nine Republicans and  five Democrats. 

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Candidate Spotlight This year, voters in Pennsylvania will choose their next U.S. Senator, the Commonwealth's entire U.S. House delegation, half of the Commonwealth's State Senate, and all 203 seats in the State House of Representatives. While all of the candidates we elect are instrumental in the Commonwealth's prosperity, Pennsylvania Prosperity has taken time to research and provide additional information on the top candidate in the spotlight races below. To find a complete list of the candidates on your ballot in the upcoming election, use the Find Your Candidates tool above.
U.S. House of Representatives – Pennsylvania 8th District
Steven J. Santarsiero
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Voting in Pennsylvania

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In Pennsylvania you must be registered to vote by October 11, 2016 to vote in the upcoming general election. You may now register to vote via an online form here. You can still register to vote using the traditional paper application. To do so, please print, complete, and return the voter registration form by the deadline.

MILITARY VOTING

Members of the military, other uniformed services, the Merchant Marine and their eligible family members and all U.S. citizens overseas are able to vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). For detailed information, visit the website for the Federal Voting Assistance Program, which covers people under the UOCAVA. The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is accepted by all states and territories as an application for registration and for absentee ballot. Print and complete the application (be sure to read the instructions for Pennsylvania) , sign and date it, and mail it (with the proper postage) to your Local Election Official. All States and Territories except American Samoa and Guam accept the FPCA.

ABSENTEE VOTING

Voting absentee in Pennsylvania is a 3-step process. First a voter must request/apply for an absentee ballot. Second, once received a voter must complete the absentee ballot. Third, a voter must return that completed ballot via U.S. Mail to their county registrar. You are eligible to vote absentee if you meet one of these criteria. If you’re eligible to vote absentee please download and complete this Absentee Ballot request form. Your registrar must receive your request form by 5 p.m. on Tuesday November 1, 2016. A valid form of ID is required to apply for an absentee ballot if you are a first time voter. Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your registrar by 5 p.m. Friday November 4, 2016.

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

Election day is November 8, 2016 and polls in Pennsylvania will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Before you cast your ballot, be sure to research your candidates and where they stand on issues important to Pennsylvania. Voters in Pennsylvania are required to bring a valid form of ID if they are a first time voter at their precinct. To find your polling place, click here.

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