The Pennsylvania primary election will take place on Tuesday, May 17. Any United States citizen who is at least 18 years old on the Election Day and previously registered to vote in the state is eligible to ballot. The deadline for voter registration was May 2, 2022.
There are three ways for Pennsylvanians to vote.
By mail, voters should apply as soon as possible to ensure that their ballot is mailed to them and returned to their county election office in time to be tallied. Requests for postal or absentee ballots must be received by Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Early in-person voting is available to registered Pennsylvania voters. People can request, receive, vote, and cast mail-in or absentee ballots all in one visit to their county election board or other specified places as soon as ballots are ready. There is no need for mail with this option, and people can vote whenever it is convenient for them. The deadline to vote early in person is May 10, 2022.
Those who would prefer the traditional way can vote in person on Election Day at the polls, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Pennsylvania voters can find their polling place here.
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What will voters choose?
Democrat and Republican Party members have to choose their candidates for Governor of Pennsylvania and the Senate. In the Pennsylvania primary election, people can only vote for the candidates in the same political party they have named in the voter registration, not for both parties.
While current PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro is the only Democrat on the ballot, several Republicans battles for their party’s nomination.
Douglas Mastriano, a state senator for Pennsylvania’s 33rd District, is one of the candidates. He led efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which Donald Trump supporters claimed were rigged.
Known as a Christian nationalist, Mastriano has strong views on Muslims and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other contenders with a chance to be the Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor are William McSwain, a conservative Republican and a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, and Lou Barletta, who served as the U.S. representative forPennsylvania’s 11th congressional district from 2011 to 2019.
Jake Corman III, Joe Gale, Charlie Gerow, Melissa Hart, David White, and Nche Zama are also in the race to be the Republican option for Pennsylvania’s Governor.
On the other side, John Fetterman, Malcolm Kenyatta, Alexandria Khalil, and Conor Lamb are running in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania US Senate, while Mehmet Oz, David McCormick, Jeff Bartos, Carla Sands, Kathy Barnette, George Bochetto, and Sean Gale are the Republican candidates for the state’s US Senate.
Also, voters will choose the state’s next lieutenant governor and the representatives across the state’s 17 U.S. House districts.
One of the candidates for the latter is Democrat Danilo Burgos. He is running for re-election to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to represent District 197.
Burgos assumed office on December 1, 2018. His current term ends on November 30, 2022.
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