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- 1 Year-specific dates
- 2 Political parties
- 3 Process to establish a political party
- 4 Process to become a candidate
- 5 Petition requirements
- 6 Campaign finance
- 7 Election-related agencies
- 8 Term limits
- 9 Congressional partisanship
- 10 State legislative partisanship
- 11 Recent news
- 12 See also
- 13 External links
- 14 References
- United States Congress
- State executive offices (e.g., governor, lieutenant governor)
- Pennsylvania General Assembly
This page contains information on specific filing dates for each election year, how to become a candidate, how to create a political party, campaign finance requirements, state agency contacts involved in the election process, and term limits in Pennsylvania. Information on running for election as a presidential candidate or for county and municipal offices is not included.
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There are no regularly scheduled state executive, state legislative or congressional elections in Pennsylvania in 2015.
To view historical dates for 2014, click [show] to expand the section.
As of February 2015, there were three recognized political parties in Pennsylvania. These are listed in the table below. In order to be recognized as a political party by the state, the party must fulfill certain requirements (detailed below in "Process to establish a political party").
|Party||Website link||By-laws/platform link|
|Republican Party||Official party website||Party platform|
|Democratic Party||National party website|
|Libertarian Party||Official party website||Party platform|
In some states, a candidate may choose to have a label other than that of an officially recognized party appear alongside his or her name on the ballot. Such labels are called political party designations. A political party designation would be used when a candidate qualifies as an independent, but prefers to use a different label. Pennsylvania does allow candidates to identify in this way. A total of 25 states allow candidates to use political party designations in non-presidential elections.
The 11 states listed below (and Washington, D.C.) do not provide a process for political organizations to gain qualified status in advance of an election. Instead, in these states, an aspirant party must first field candidates using party designations. If the candidate or candidates win the requisite votes, the organization may then be recognized as an official political party. In these states, a political party can be formed only if the candidate in the general election obtains a specific number of votes. The number of votes required and type of race vary from state to state. Details can be found on the state-specific requirements pages.
Process to establish a political party
See statutes: Article 8, Section 801 of the Pennsylvania Election Code
A political party is recognized as such by the state when "one of [its] candidates at the general election next preceding the primary polled in each of at least 10 counties of the state not less than two percent of the largest entire vote cast in each of said counties for any elected candidate, and polled a total vote in the state equal to at least two percent of the largest entire vote cast in the state for any elected candidate."
Further, political parties whose "statewide registration is less than 15 percent of the combined statewide registration for all statewide political parties as of the close of the registration period immediately preceding the most recent November election" are classified as "minor political parties." Minor political parties are not eligible to participate in primaries and may only field candidates for the general election via nomination papers (see "Process to become a candidate" below for more information).
Political parties whose statewide registration is 15 percent or greater of the combined statewide registration for all statewide political parties nominate their candidates for office via primary.
The relevant statutes do not establish a process whereby groups of voters may petition to be recognized as a political party. Instead, any group of voters that does not qualify as a political party is considered a "political body." Candidates running for office as affiliates of a political body may designate the body in no more than three words on their nomination papers. Political body designations will appear on the ballot alongside the candidate's name.
Process to become a candidate
Generally speaking, there are two types of petition forms that prospective candidates may need to file in order to gain access to the ballot.
- Nomination petitions: These are the petition forms used by political party candidates.
- Nomination papers: These are the petition forms used by independent and political party designation candidates.
For party candidates
See statutes: Article 9, Part (a) of the Pennsylvania Election Code
Party candidates for state office must file nomination petitions with the Pennsylvania Secretary of State. Signature requirements are established by statute and are summarized below (for more information regarding nomination petitions, see "Nomination petitions" below).
|Governor||2,000, including at least 100 signatures from each of at least 10 counties|
|Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General||1,000, including at least 100 signatures from each of at least 5 counties|
Each candidate must file a Candidate Affidavit with his or her nomination petition. The affidavit must include the candidate's address, election district, the name of the office being sought, a statement verifying the candidate's eligibility for said office, and a statement verifying that the candidate will not "knowingly violate any provision of this act [i.e., the election code], or of any law regulating and limiting nomination and election expenses and prohibiting corrupt practices in connection therewith."
The candidate must also pay a filing fee established by statute. Filing fees must be submitted with nomination petitions. Fees are summarized in the table below.
|U.S. Senator, Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Treasurer, Auditor General, Attorney General||$200|
|State Senator or Representative||$100|
In addition, a candidate for state office must file a Statement of Financial Interest with the State Ethics Commission. A copy of this statement must be attached to the nomination petition submitted to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, as well.
For other candidates
See statutes: Article 9, Part (b) of the Pennsylvania Election Code
Like party candidates participating in the primary, independent, minor political party and political body candidates for state office (including the Pennsylvania General Assembly) must submit Candidate Affidavits and Statements of Financial Interest to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State. Candidates must also pay the same filing fees as primary candidates. Independent, minor party and political body candidates must also file nomination papers (not to be confused with the nomination petitions party candidates participating in the primary must complete). Candidates filing nomination papers must obtain signatures from electors of the district equal to at least 2 percent of the largest entire vote cast for an elected candidate in the last election within the district. For more information regarding nomination papers, see "Nomination papers" below.
For write-in candidates
Pennsylvania does not require write-in candidates to file paperwork in order to have their votes tallied.
On February 18, 2015, State Senator Mike Folmer (R) introduced SB 465. If enacted, the bill would make the petition signature requirements for independent candidates the same as those for major political party candidates (see above for information regarding current signature requirements). In addition, the bill would permit political parties who register between one-twentieth of 1 percent and 15 percent of voters to nominate candidates by convention.
According to Ballot Access News, the bill was sponsored by five Democrats and five Republicans. The bill was also introduced in the previous session of the state legislature, but it failed to gain any traction at that time.
In some cases, political parties and/or candidates may need to obtain signatures via the petition process to gain access to the ballot. This section outlines the laws and regulations pertaining to petitions and circulators in Pennsylvania.
The form of all petitions for candidates is prescribed by the secretary of state.
Each page of a nomination petition contains these three basic components:
- Preamble: The preamble includes information about the candidate, such as the candidate's name, occupation and residence, office being sought, and the party affiliation of the signers.
- Signatures of electors: Each person who signs a nomination petition must include the following information:
- printed name
- address of residence
- date of signature
- Affidavit of circulator: Each page of a petition must include an affidavit of the circulator. The circulator must include his or her address and must affirm the following information:
- The circulator is a qualified elector of the state.
- The circulator is a registered and enrolled member of the political party designated in the petition.
- The signers of the petition signed with full knowledge of the petition's contents.
- Each signer signed on the date that the signer indicated.
- To the best of the circulator's knowledge, the signers are qualified electors enrolled in the party designated in the petition and are residents of the county in which signatures are being collected.
Nomination petitions must be circulated and filed between the 13th Tuesday and the 10th Tuesday preceding the primary election (e.g., in 2014, between February 18 and March 11).
On February 8, 2014, the Secretary of State's office announced that it was re-designing nomination petition forms. As a result, circulators no longer have to affirm that they live in a particular electoral district of the state, though circulators must still affirm that they are state residents. This change was made in response to a lawsuit filed in November 2013 challenging the district residency requirement. The lawsuit has since been voluntarily dismissed.
Each page of a nomination paper must include these four basic components:
- Preamble: The preamble includes the name of the minor political party or political body making the nomination and the county of the signers.
- Candidate information: This section includes the name, address, and occupation of the candidate being nominated.
- Signatures of electors: Each person who signs a nomination paper must include the following information:
- printed name
- address of residence
- date of signature
- Affidavit of qualified elector: Each page of the papers must include an affidavit of the qualified elector who circulated the nomination paper. The elector must include his or her address and affirm the following:
- He or she is a qualified elector of the state.
- The signers of the nomination paper signed with full knowledge of the paper's contents.
- The signers all reside in the same county.
- Each signer signed on the date indicated.
- To the best of the elector's knowledge, the signers are qualified electors of the district designated in the nomination paper.
Each page of a nomination paper submitted by a political body must also include the names and addresses of the political body's Committee to Fill Vacancies. The committee must include at least three and no more than five members.
Nomination papers must be circulated and filed between the 10th Wednesday preceding the primary and August 1 of each year (e.g., in 2014, between March 12 and August 1).
On March 2, 2015, United States District Court Judge Stewart Dalzell ruled that three of Pennsylvania's petition requirements were unconstitutional "as applied to the Green Party and Libertarian Party." These three requirements were as follows:
- "the ban on out-of-state circulators"
- "the requirement that each petition sheet be notarized"
- "the prohibition on a voter signing for more than one minor party in any given election"
Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, said the following about the decision: "Oddly, the relief is limited only to the plaintiffs in the case, the Green and Libertarian Parties. There will probably be new lawsuits filed by other plaintiffs, which probably will result in an expansion of the relief to all petitioning groups, at least for general election petitions."
Candidates must file regular campaign finance reports. A candidate may authorize a committee to accept contributions and make expenditures on his or her behalf, but is not required to do so. A candidate is not required to establish a separate financial account for campaign purposes.
If a candidate committee is formed, it must have both a chairperson and treasurer (one person cannot serve both functions). Before a committee can receive contributions on behalf of a candidate, the committee must be authorized to do so in writing by the candidate. This authorization form (provided by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State) must be received by the appropriate elections official (i.e., the Pennsylvania Secretary of State for candidates for state office, including the Pennsylvania General Assembly) before the committee receives contributions. Any committee that receives contributions in aggregate of $250 or more must file a registration statement within 20 days after the date on which the committee receives such amount. Registration statements must include the following information:
- the name, address and phone number of the committee
- the name, address and phone number of the committee's treasurer
- the name, address and phone number of the committee's chairman
- the name, address and relationship of affiliated or connected organizations
- the candidate's name and address
- the banks, safety deposit boxes or other repositories and their addresses used by the committee
- the proposed period of committee operation
If the amount of contributions, expenditures or liabilities exceeds $250 in a reporting period, the candidate or committee must file reports. If not, the candidate or treasurer of the committee must file a statement to that effect in lieu of a report.
On forms prescribed by the Pennsylvania Secretary of State, candidates or committees must include the following in each report:
- the full name, address, and occupation and name of employer for each person who has made one or more contributions to the candidate or committee within the reporting period in an aggregate amount or value greater than $250; the report must also note the amount and date of such contributions
- the full name and mailing address of each person who has made one or more contributions to the candidate or committee within the reporting period in an aggregate amount or value greater than $50; the report must also note the amount and date of such contributions
- the total sum of individual contributions made to the candidate or committee during the reporting period and not otherwise reported
- each expenditure, the date made, the full name and address of the recipient, and the purpose of the expenditure
- any unpaid debts or liabilities, including the nature and amount of each, date incurred, and full name and address of the person owed
- any unexpended balance of contributions or other receipts appearing since the last report filed
Candidates who do form committees are required to file separate reports from those of their campaign committees. All candidates and their authorized committees who are required to file reports with the Pennsylvania Secretary of State must also file copies of those reports with the counties in which they reside.
Generally speaking, the following campaign finance reports must be filed: a 6th Tuesday Pre-Primary Report, a 2nd Friday Pre-Primary Report, a 30-Day Post-Primary Report, a 6th Tuesday Pre-Election Report, a 2nd Friday Pre-Election Report, a 30-Day Post-Election and an Annual Report.
There are no limits placed on campaign contributions in Pennsylvania.
- See also: State election agencies
Candidates running for office may require some form of interaction with the following agencies:
Pennsylvania Secretary of State; Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
- Why: This agency oversees candidate filing processes.
- 210 N. Office Building
- Harrisburg, PA 17120-0060
- Phone: 717.787.5280
- Website: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/
- Email: RAemail@example.com
Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission
- Why: This agency processes Statement of Financial Interests forms.
- Physical and mailing address
- PO Box 11470
- Room 309, Finance Building
- Harrisburg, PA 17108-1470
- Phone: (717) 783-1610
- Website: http://www.ethics.state.pa.us/
- See also: Counties in Pennsylvania
A candidate must file a number of documents with the county elections office in his or her home county. Individual county contact information can be found below. To provide a link or information for the table below, please email us.
|Pennsylvania county contact information|
|County||Phone||Secondary phone||Fax||Website||Physical address||Mailing address|
|Adams County Electionsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(717) 337-9832||717-337-9830||Link||Director of Elections & Voter Reg 117 Baltimore Street Gettysburg, PA 17325-2313|
|Allegheny County Elections||no email||(412) 350-4500||(412) 350-5697||Link||Division Manager, Allegheny County Elections Division 542 Forbes Ave., Suite 604 Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953|
|Armstrong County Electionsemail@example.com||(724) 548-3222||724-548-3714||Link||Armstrong County Board of Elections 450 East Market Street, Suite 207 Kittanning, PA 16201-1429|
|Beaver County Electionsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(724) 770-4440||724-728-9318||Link||Director of Elections 810 Third St. Beaver, PA 15009|
|Bedford County Electionsemail@example.com||(814) 624-2608||814.623.0991||Link||Director of Election/Chief Clerk 200 S. Juliana Street Bedford, PA 15522|
|Berks County Electionsfirstname.lastname@example.org||610.478.6490||610.478.6218||Link||Director 633 Court St., 1st Floor Reading, PA 19601|
|Blair County Electionsemail@example.com||(814) 693-3150||814-693-3033||Link||Director of Elections Blair County Courthouse 423 Allegheny St., Suite 047 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-9978|
|Bradford County Electionsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 265-1717||1 (888) 270-VOTE||no fax||Link||Director of Elections 6 Court St., Ste. 2 Towanda, PA 18848|
|Bucks County Electionsemail@example.com||(215) 348-6163||no fax||Link||Director, Bucks Co. Board of Elections/Registration 55 E. Court St. Doylestown, PA 18901|
|Butler County Electionsfirstname.lastname@example.org||(724) 284-5308||724-284-5311||Link||Director of Elections/Voter Registration P.O.Box 1208 124 West Diamond St Butler, PA 16001|
|Cambria County Electionsemail@example.com||(814) 472-1464||(814) 472-9642||Link||Director of Elec./Chief Registrar, Cambria County 200 S. Center St. Ebensburg, PA 15931||P.O. Box 269 Ebensburg, PA 15931|
|Cameron Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 486-2315||: 814-486-3176||Link||Secretary to the Commissioners Cameron Co. Courthouse 20 E. 5th St. Emporium, PA 15834|
|Carbon County||no email||(570) 325-4801||(570) 732-0040||Link||Carbon Co. 76 Susquehanna St., Jim Thorpe, PA 18229||PO Box 170 Jim Thorpe, PA 18229|
|Centre Countyemail@example.com||(814) 355-6703||814-355-6857||Link||420 Holmes St. Bellefonte, PA 16823-1488|
|Chesterfirstname.lastname@example.org||(610) 344-6410||(610) 344-5682||Link||601 Westtown Rd., Ste. 150 West Chester, PA 19380-0990||PO Box 2747 West Chester, PA 19380-0990|
|Clarionemail@example.com||(814) 226-4000 Ext. 2006||814-226-8069||Link||Elections Director 330 Main Street, Rm 103 Clarion, PA 16214|
|Clearfieldfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 765-2642 Ext. 5053||814-765-2640||Link||Clearfield County 212 E Locust St. Clearfield, PA 16830|
|Clintonemail@example.com||(570) 893-4019||570-893-4354||Link||232 E. Main St. 3rd Floor Garden Building Lock Haven, PA 17745-0928|
|Columbiafirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 389-5640||570-784-0257||Link||Voter Registrar/ Election Court Columbia Co. Courthouse 11 W. Main Street Bloomsburg, PA 17815-0380|
|Crawfordemail@example.com||(814) 333-7308||(814) 337-0457||Link||Director of Elections Crawford Co. Courthouse 903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335|
|Cumberland Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(717) 240-6385||717-240-7759||Link||Director of Elections Cumberland Co. 310 Allen Road. Carlisle, PA 17013|
|Dauphinemail@example.com||(717) 780-6360||1-800-328-0058||(717) 780-6478||Link||Director of Elections & Reg. Dauphin Co. - 2 S. 2nd St. Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295||P.O. Box 1295 Harrisburg, PA 17108-1295|
|Delawarefirstname.lastname@example.org||(610) 891-4673||610-892-0641||Link||Chief Clerk/Director, Delaware Co. 201 W. Front St. Government Center Bldg. Media, PA 19063|
|Elkemail@example.com||(814) 776-5337||814-776-5362||Link||P.O. Box 448 Ridgway, PA 15853-0448|
|Eriefirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 451-6276||814-451-7007||Link||Election Supervisor Erie County Courthouse 140 W. 6th St., Rm. 112 Erie, PA 16501|
|Fayetteemail@example.com||(724) 430-1289||724-430-4948||Link||Fayette Co. Public Service Bldg. 22 E. Main St. Uniontown, PA 15401-3412|
|Forestfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 755-3537||814-755-8837||Link||Voter Registrar/Elections Clerk 526 Elm St. - Unit #3 Tionesta, PA 16353|
|Franklin Countyemail@example.com||(717) 261-3810||717-261-3131||Link||Chief Clerk/Co. Admin. Franklin Co. Com's Office 14 N. Main St. Chambersburg, PA 17201|
|Fultonfirstname.lastname@example.org||(717) 485-3691||717-485-9411||Link||Director of Elections 116 W. Market St. McConnellsburg, PA 17233|
|Greene Countyemail@example.com||(724) 852-5304||724-852-5321||Link||Director of Elections Rm. 102 - County Offc. Bldg 93 E. High St. Waynesburg, PA 15370|
|Huntingdonfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 643-3091 Ext. 205||814-643-8152||Link||Elections Coordinator 223 Penn St. - Bailey Building Huntingdon, PA 16652|
|Indianaemail@example.com||(724) 465-3805||724-465-2935||Link||Chief Clerk Indiana Co. 825 Philadelphia St. Indiana, PA 15701|
|Jeffersonfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 849-1603||814-849-4084||Link||Chief Clerk 155 Main St. Brookville, PA 15825|
|Juniataemail@example.com||(717) 436-7706||717-436-7756||Linkv||26 N Main St, Mifflintown, PA 17059||P.O. Box 68 Mifflintown, PA 17059|
|Lackawannafirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 963-6737||570-963-6691||Link||Director of Elections Lackawanna County Scranton, PA 18505-6524||P.O. Box 4524 Scranton, PA 18505-6524|
|Lancasteremail@example.com||(717) 299-8293||(717) 209-3076||Link||Deputy Chief Registrar/Clerk Lancaster Co. 150 N. Queen St., Ste 117 Lancaster, PA 17603|
|Lawrencefirstname.lastname@example.org||(724) 656-2161||724-656-1987||Link||Lawrence Co. Gov't Ctr. 430 Court St. New Castle, PA 16101-3593|
|Lebanon||LOliver@lebcnty.org||(717) 228-4428||(717) 274-8094||Link||Director of Elections & Voter Registration Municipal Building, Room 209 400 South 8th Street Lebanon, PA 17042|
|Lehighemail@example.com||610-782-3194||610-770-3845||Link||Chief Cler, Board of Elections Lehigh Co. Government Center 17 S. 7th St. Allentown, PA 18101|
|Luzernefirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 825-1715||570-820-6399||Link||20 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Ste. 207 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701-3505|
|Lycoming||Sadams@lyco.org||(570) 327-2285||570-320-2117||Link||Director of Elections 48 W. Third St. Williamsport, PA 17701|
|McKeanemail@example.com||(814) 887-3203||814.887.2242||Link||Director of Elections McKean Co. Courthouse 500 W. Main St. Smethport, PA 16749|
|Mercerfirstname.lastname@example.org||(724) 662-7542||(724) 662-1530||Link||Director of Elections/ Voter Reg. 5 Courthouse Mercer, PA 16137|
|Mifflinemail@example.com||(717) 248-6571||717-242-5455||Link||20 N. Wayne St. Lewistown, PA 17044|
|Monroefirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 517-3165||570-517-3856||Link||Director of Elections/Voter Reg. Monroe Co. Admin. Offices One Quaker Plaza, Rm. 105 Stroudsburg, PA 18360|
|Montgomery Countyemail@example.com||(610) 278-3275||610-292-4527||Link||One Montgomery Plaza 6th Floor Norristown, PA 19404||Montgomery County Election Board P.O. Box 311 Norristown, PA 19404-0311|
|Montourfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 271-3000||570-271-3088||Link||Director of Elections Montour Co. Courthouse 29 Mill Street Danville, PA 17821|
|Northamptonemail@example.com||(610) 559-3055||610-559-3736||Link||Election Director 670 Wolf Ave Easton, PA 18042-4343|
|Northumberlandfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 988-4209||570-988-4306||Link||Director 320 North Second Street,Suite 1 Sunbury, PA 17801|
|Perryemail@example.com||717-582-2131 Ext: 4110||717-582-5162||Link||Director of Elections & Voter Reg. Veterans Memorial Building Voter Registration Office New Bloomfield, PA 17068||P.O. Box 37 New Bloomfield, PA 17068|
|Philadelphia||Anthony.Clark@phila.gov||(215) 686-3469||215-587-9107||Link||Acting Supervisor of Elections Philadelphia County Board of Elections Rm. 142 City Hall Philadelphia, PA 19107|
|Pikefirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 296-3426||570-296-6055||Link||Director 506 Broad St. Pike County Administration Building Milford, PA 18337-1535|
|Potteremail@example.com||(814) 274-8467||(814) 274-7395||Link||Director Potter Co. Courthouse 1 N. Main St. Coudersport, PA 16915|
|Schuylkill Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 628-1467||(570) 628-1466||Link||Director, Elections/Reg. Schuylkill Co. 420 N. Centre St. Pottsville, PA 17901|
|Snyderemail@example.com||(570) 837-4286||570-837-4282||Link||Snyder Co. Courthouse 9 West Market St., P.O. Box 217 Middleburg, PA 17842|
|Somersetfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 445-1549||814-445-7991||Link||Director, Elections & Reg. Somerset Co. 300 N. Center Ave., Ste. 340 Somerset, PA 15501|
|Sullivanemail@example.com||(570) 946-5201||570-946-4421||Link||Director of Elections/Voter Reg. Sullivan Co. Courthouse Main & Muncy Streets Laporte, PA 18626-0157||P.O. Box 157 Main & Muncy Streets Laporte, PA 18626-0157|
|Susquehanna Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 278-4600 Ext. 220||570-278-9268||Link||Election Director P.O. Box 218 105 Maple Street Montrose, PA 18801|
|Tiogaemail@example.com||(570) 723-8230||570-723-8206||Link||Tioga County 118 Main St. Wellsboro, PA 16901|
|Union Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 524-8603||570-524-8627||Link||Chief Election Coordinator 155 North 15th St. Lewisburg, PA 17837-8822|
|Venangoemail@example.com||(814) 432-9508||814-432-4741||Link||Chief Clerk/Director of Elections Venango County Courthouse Annex 1174 Elk St. Franklin, PA 16323||P.O. Box 831 Franklin, PA 16323|
|Warren Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(814) 728-3406||814-728-3479||Link||Director of Elections/Voter Registration Warren Co. Courthouse 204 4th Ave. Warren, PA 16365|
|Washington Countyemail@example.com||(724) 228-6750||724-250-6422||Link||Director of Elections 100 W. Beau St., Suite 206 Washington, PA 15301|
|Wayne Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 253-5978||570-253-5432||Link||Director of Elections 925 Court St. Honesdale, PA 18431|
|Westmoreland Countyemail@example.com||(724) 830-3150||(724) 830-3152||Link||2 N Main Street Ste 109 Greensburg, PA 15601|
|Wyoming Countyfirstname.lastname@example.org||(570) 996-2226||570-836-5797||Link||Director of Elections 1 Courthouse Square Tunkhannock, PA 18657|
|York Countyemail@example.com||(717) 771-9604||717-771-4387||Link||Director Administrative Center 28 E. Market St. York, PA 17401|
State executive term limits are established in Article 4, Sections 3, 5 and 18 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. The state executive term limits in Pennsylvania are as follows:
- The governor may serve a total of two consecutive terms.
- The attorney general may serve a total of two consecutive terms.
- The treasurer may serve two consecutive terms and must wait four years before becoming eligible for the office of auditor general.
- The auditor general may serve a total of two consecutive terms.
There were no Pennsylvania state executive officials who were term-limited in 2014.
- See also: State legislatures with term limits
There are no term limits placed on Pennsylvania state legislators.
Here is the current partisan breakdown of the congressional members from Pennsylvania:
|Congressional Partisan Breakdown from Pennsylvania|
|Party||U.S. Senate||U.S. House||Total|
|TOTALS as of May 2015||2||18||20|
State legislative partisanship
Here is the current partisan breakdown of members of the state legislature of Pennsylvania:
|Party||As of May 2015|
|Party||As of May 2015|
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- Campaign finance requirements for Pennsylvania ballot measures
- Pennsylvania signature requirements
- State election agencies
- Counties in Pennsylvania
- State executives with term limits
- States with gubernatorial term limits
- Pennsylvania state executive official elections, 2014
- State legislatures with term limits
- List of United States Representatives from Pennsylvania
- List of United States Senators from Pennsylvania
- Official Website of the Pennsylvania Secretary of State Office
- Official Website of the Pennsylvania State Ethics Commission
- Official Website of the Federal Election Commission
- FEC 2014 Primary Election Dates and Candidate Filing Deadlines
- Pennsylvania Election Code
- 2014 Election Calendar
- Pennsylvania Campaign Finance Information
- Nomination Papers for Independent and Minor Party Candidates
- Campaign Finance Statement Form
- Campaign Finance Report Form
- Ballot Access News -- news updates and analysis of ballot access issues
- Politics1 -- comprehensive guide to U.S. politics
- ThirdPartyPolitics.us -- a blog about American third party and independent politics
- RangeVoting.org -- a listing of notably restrictive ballot access requirements
- Center for Competitive Politics, "Election Law Handbook," Winter 2013
- National Voter Outreach -- a political consulting firm that specializes in organizing petition signature drives
- Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition -- organization dedicated to expanding ballot access in Pennsylvania
- Constitution Party of Pennsylvania -- historical information on ballot access in Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "2014 Important Dates," accessed November 14, 2013
- Pennsylvania Secretary of State, "Pennsylvania Voter Registration Mail Application," accessed February 11, 2015
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "General Information about Running for Political Office," accessed December 4, 2013
- E-mail consultation with ballot access expert Richard Winger in January 2014.
- Pennsylvania Election Code, "Article 8, Section 801," accessed January 15, 2014
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