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HARRISBURG — On November 8, Pennsylvanians will head to the polls to decide the gubernatorial and senate races as part of Election Day 2022.
Voters will also have an equally significant opportunity to elect representatives and senators to state legislatures after a monumental re-election cycle that redraws district boundaries. This change could change the balance of power in the state legislature.
To help you prepare for Election Day 2022 in Pennsylvania, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
When is Pennsylvania’s 2022 Election Day?
Tuesday, November 8, 2022. Please mark your calendar.
When will voting begin in Pennsylvania’s 2022 election?
Voting begins at 7:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm. As long as you are in line by 8pm, you have the right to vote.
When is the last day to register to vote?
The last day to register is October 24th.
You can register online here,or registration form Send it in person or by mail to your county elections office by the same day.
Online voter registration applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the same day. Mail and in-person applications must be received by the county board of elections by 5:00 p.m.
How can I check my registration details?
You can check the registration details hereYou can search using name, county, zip code, date of birth, or enter a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card number to search.
How do I change my party?
To change your party affiliation, fill in the same voter registration form first registered.
When filling out the form, select the box labeled “Change party”. If registered within his 15 days of election, no changes will be made until the next election cycle.
I am a registered independent person. Can I vote on November 8th?
absolutely!different from time Pennsylvania primariesany registered voter may vote for any candidate during the general election.
How do I find my polling place?
you can find your polling place here By entering your address.
What else do I need to know to vote in person?
If you are voting for the first time or for the first time after changing your address, you must bring your ID. This includes government-issued identification such as a driver’s license or U.S. passport, utility bills or bank statements with your name and address, and military or student ID. See full list of options.
Can I request a mail-in ballot?
You can apply for a mail-in ballot online or by mail until 5:00 p.m. on November 1st. Sign up hereFull name, date of birth, ID and signature are required.
How do I vote absentee?
The process for requesting an absentee ballot is similar to the process for requesting a vote-by-mail ballot. Apply online or download the form and send it to your county elections office. However, unlike mail-in ballots, this application requires you to state the reason for your absence.you can find the application here.
The deadline for submissions is November 1st at 5pm.
If you missed the November 1 deadline, but were unable to attend due to an unexpected illness, disability, or last-minute absence, you can request an emergency absentee ballot from your county elections office.you can request one here.
I have applied but have not received my absentee ballot or mail-in ballot. what should i do?
Check the status of your absentee and mail-in ballots hereIf you’re worried that your ballot won’t arrive in time, you can: Call your county elections office advice on how to proceed.
You can go to your county elections office to request a ballot and fill it out there, or you can go to a polling place and vote in person on Election Day.
I received an absentee ballot or a vote-by-mail ballot. Please tell me how to return it.
First, make sure that Completely filled out and followed all instructionsFailure to do so may invalidate your vote.
Anyone can return a ballot by mail or drop it off at a county elections office. Drop boxes are also available in some counties. Click here for county contact information.
Your county elections office must receive your ballot by 5:00 pm on Election Day.
If you have a disability that prevents you from returning your ballot, You can fill out a form to designate someone else to return your itemThe form must be submitted with the Vote by Mail application and the designee must have a copy on hand when returning the ballot.
Otherwise, you must return your own ballot.
Which race will you vote for?
Pennsylvania will have two of the most high-profile elections this year.
Democratic Governor Tom Wolfe has a limited term and cannot seek re-election next year.he often served as foil Republican congressman during his term.
With the governor seat, the Republican Party has a chance to control two branches of government and enact the laws blocked by Wolfe.
The two leading gubernatorial candidates in the general election have very different views on Pennsylvania’s future.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano of Franklin County was elected to Congress in 2019.
As a freshman senator, he quickly rose to prominence in the months after Pennsylvania reported its first case of COVID-19. He has become one of the most vocal critics of Wolfe’s use of executive powers to impose mitigating measures such as statewide masking orders and business closures. He sharply criticized the exemption program to continue, which was later found by the state’s chief auditor to be inconsistent and unfair.
Mastriano has also become a key legislative advocate against former President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of widespread election fraud.
Democratic candidate Attorney General Josh Shapiro is a former state legislator and commissioner of Montgomery County.
He touted his track record as attorney general by highlighting an investigation of the role of drug manufacturers and distributors in the U.S. opioid crisis and the indictment of his office against several natural gas companies. The firm of Pennsylvania made international headlines with its scathing grand jury report on child sexual abuse and cover-ups in nearly every Roman Catholic parish in Pennsylvania.
Read more about candidates and their positions.
Another high-profile campaign for one of Pennsylvania’s US Senate seats is also without an incumbent as Republican Pat Toomey retires at the end of his term.
Lieutenant John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate, was mayor of Braddock, a small town near Pittsburgh. Fetterman is a longtime advocate of legalizing recreational cannabis, universal health care and clean energy. He had a stroke just before the primary.
Republican candidate Mehmet Oz has no traditional political background, but is famous for hosting and promoting TV shows about medicine and health. questionable alternative medicine.
Oz calls himself “conservative outsider” he said against gun control policy We also want to focus on Pennsylvania’s “energy independence” by deregulating the fossil fuel industry to increase domestic energy production.
What else is on my ballot?
Some voters choose state senators, and all voters choose representatives from the United States and Pennsylvania. The boundaries of these districts were redrawn during this year’s redistricting process. Use Spotlight PA’s comparison tool to compare old and new districts.
There will be no statewide constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot, But some major fixes are looming — For example, state constitutions declaring that there is no legal right to abortion, or creating jurisdictions within the state court system.
Some voters can see their local poll questions. Allegheny County and Philadelphia. Check with your county elections office..
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