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Election 2022: How to Register to Vote, Cast a Postal Vote in PA

Voters planning to cast their ballots in the primary or November general election need to know these important dates.

Teresa Boeckel, York Daily Record

With just months to go before the May 17 primary, when Pennsylvania voters will nominate candidates for a variety of high-profile positions, including governor, US Senate and Congress.

Many Democratic and Republican candidates have already announced their planned seats.

Closer to home, voters will also choose candidates for senators and representatives in the state’s General Assembly.

New congressional and legislative maps have not yet been finalized, and this could cause the primary election to be delayed.

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The primary is closed, meaning only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote on candidates from their respective parties.

What voters need to know:

Seat in the US Senate

Dozens of candidates are running for a seat in the US Senate currently held by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Lehigh County. He’s retiring.

Among the Democrats are: Lt. gov. John Fetterman, US Rep. Conor Lamb, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and State Senator Sharif Street.

Others are:

Among the Republicans are: TV presenter Dr. Mehmed Oz; Jeff Bartos, a 2018 candidate for lieutenant governor; Kathy Barnette, a Fox News commentator, author and Montgomery County veteran; and Carla Sands, former Ambassador to Denmark under President Donald Trump, who lives in Cumberland County; David McCormick, a hedge fund manager, veteran and former Treasurer in the administration of President George W. Bush.

Others are:

US Congress

Voters will also select representatives for Congress.

The state has been working on new congressional maps based on the 2020 U.S. Census data, and county boundaries have not yet been determined.

Here are the offices up for re-election:

  • District 9 includes Lebanon as well as other areas.
  • District 10 includes Dauphin County and parts of Cumberland and York counties
  • District 11 includes Lancaster County and part of York County
  • District 13 includes Adams, Franklin, parts of Cumberland County and more.

Governor, Lieutenant Governor

Numerous candidates are running for governor and lieutenant governor.

Governor Tom Wolf, a Democrat, has served two terms and cannot seek re-election for a third under state law.

Josh Shapiro, the current Attorney General of Pennsylvania, is the only Democrat running for governor.

More than a dozen Republicans are running, including:

  • Lou Barletta, a former US Congressman
  • Jake Corman, the pro tempore President of the State Senate
  • Charlie Gerow, a longtime Republican strategist and CEO of a public relations firm in Harrisburg
  • Melissa Hart, a former member of the US House of Representatives
  • Scott Martin, a state senator from Lancaster County
  • Doug Mastriano, a state senator from Franklin County
  • William McSwain, a former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Joe Gale, Montgomery County Commissioner
  • Shawn Berger, Restaurateur
  • Guy Ciarrocchi, CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Jason Monn, restaurateur and former mayor
  • Jason Richey, attorney
  • John Ventre, retired UPS manager
  • Dave White, former Delaware County Councilman
  • Nche Zama, cardiothoracic surgeon.

Seats of the General Assembly

Voters will also choose candidates for the House of Representatives and Senate.

Here are the seats to choose from:

Adams County

state house

  • District 91 includes part of Adams County
  • District 193 includes portions of Adams and Cumberland counties

state senate

Franklin County

state house

  • District 78 includes Fulton County and portions of Franklin and Bedford counties
  • District 82 includes Juniata County and portions of Franklin and Mifflin counties
  • District 89 includes part of Franklin County
  • District 90 includes part of Franklin County

state senate

  • District 30 includes Blair and Fulton counties and parts of Cumberland, Franklin and Huntingdon counties.

District of Lebanon

state house

  • District 101 includes part of Lebanon County
  • District 102 includes part of Lebanon County
  • District 104 includes parts of Lebanon and Dauphin counties

state senate

  • District 48 includes Lebanon County and portions of Dauphin and York counties.

York County

state house

  • District 47 includes part of York County
  • District 92 includes parts of York and Cumberland counties
  • District 93 includes part of York County
  • District 94 includes part of York County
  • District 95 includes part of York County
  • District 169 includes part of York County
  • District 196 includes part of York County

state senate

  • District 28 includes part of York County
  • District 48 includes Lebanon County and portions of Dauphin and York counties.

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When: Tuesday May 17th. Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m

Are you registered? You can check the status of your voter registration online at vote.pa.gov. Registration closes on May 2nd.

postal vote: Apply for a no-excuse ballot or absentee ballot online at vote.pa.gov or contact your local voting office. Application deadline is May 10th.

Do you use postal voting? know that

An appeals court ruled last month that voting by mail was unconstitutional, but the state is appealing the decision to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

It has no immediate impact on mail-in ballots, and those who wish to cast a mail-in ballot should apply for one, according to the Pennsylvania State Department.

Voters who have signed up for the annual absentee ballot must take action each year.

The district electoral office sends out an application that must be completed and returned in order to receive a postal vote.

How to reach your electoral office

Adams County

Director: Angie Crouse

Address: Elections and Voter Registration, 117 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: (717) 337-9832

Website: adamscounty.us

Franklin County

Chief Chancellor: Jennie M Aines

Address: Franklin Voter Registration Office, 157 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, PA 17201

Phone: (717) 261-3886

Website: franklincountypa.gov

District of Lebanon

Director: Sean D Drasher

Address: Elections and Voter Registration, Parish Building, Room 209, 400 South 8th St., Lebanon, PA 17042

Phone: (717) 228-4428

Website: www.lebcounty.org

York County

Deputy Director: Anne S Mendoza

Address: York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St., York, PA 17401

Phone: (717) 771-9604

Website: yorkcountypa.gov

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