Pennsylvania elections, 2013
Pennsylvania election information for 2013 is listed below.
|On the 2013 ballot|
Exceptions include special elections.
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November 5, 2013
There were two special elections scheduled in 2013 for the state of Pennsylvania.
Special elections by State House District
Eugene DePasquale (D) was elected as Pennsylvania Auditor on November 6, 2012, and resigned from his seat before he was sworn-in in January 2013. A special election was called for May 21, which Kevin Schreiber won. Nominees will be chosen by parties, not through a primary.
- Related: See election results here.
Voting in Pennsylvania
- See also: Voting in Pennsylvania
Important voting information
- Pennsylvania uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.
- The deadline for registering to vote is 28 days before an election.
- As of March 2015, Pennsylvania is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. Pennsylvania has a bill pending in the 2013 legislative session which would authorize online voter registration. On April 17, 2013, the Pennsylvania State Senate passed the bill. It now moves to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
- See also: Absentee voting by state
For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in Pennsylvania, please visit our absentee voting by state page.
Pennsylvania is one of 14 states that do not have any form of early voting.
Elections Performance Index
Pennsylvania ranked 27th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. Pennsylvania received an overall score of 64 percent.
- Post-Gazette, "May 21 special election set to fill state House seat," January 18, 2013
- WITF, "Awaiting special elections announcement for two House seats," November 25, 2012
- Politics PA, "GOP Taps Tate for DePasquale Seat," January 16, 2013
- GP.org, "Green Party Endorses Bill Swartz in Special Election," February 25, 2013
- ydr.com, "If elected, Bryan Tate would be the third openly gay state lawmaker in Pennsylvania," March 2, 2013
- CBS "Bill To Allow For On-Line Voter Registration In Pennsylvania Clears The State Senate," April 17, 2013
- Open States, SB37
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
- Pew Charitable Trusts, "Election Performance Index Report," accessed April 23, 2014
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