2023 Pennsylvania General Election Races
The Justices that sit on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court serve a ten year term and make decisions every day to support or undermine our rights under the Pennsylvania Constitution.
In the past, the state Supreme Court ruled on issues relating to voting rights, COVID-19 emergency orders, environmental protections, and gun reform.
In the coming year, the court could rule on cases relating to reproductive rights, redistricting, LGBTQ+ rights, and more.
The future of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is in your hands.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
Pennsylvania Superior Court
Pennsylvania Superior Court is an important part of our local justice system, responsible for hearing appeals from most citizens and businesses.
With two vacant seats, the upcoming elections are crucial for ensuring that qualified and experienced judges have the opportunity to serve.
Your vote can help shape the future of this court and make a difference in the lives of countless individuals.
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court plays a vital role in the state's judicial system, reviewing civil cases involving the government at state and local levels. It is the only court like it in the country, making it all the more essential that it is staffed with qualified justices who will ensure justice is served.
Your vote can ensure that the vacant seat on the court is filled with a competent, unbiased justice.
By November 7, you can vote for judicial candidates that will promote equal justice for all, protect your rights and freedoms, and protect our democracy.
Registration Deadlines and Election DatesVoter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day 2023 General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10 General Election: November 7
Official Election WebsitesMore election information at: sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters Online voter registration available at: olvr.ohiosos.gov Mail ln voter registration form available at: bit.ly/OH-Mail-VoterRegistration
Where Can I Register to Vote?Students have a decision about where to register to vote. You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes. You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?Ohio’s voter registration form asks for your Ohio driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?Voters who vote in person during the early voting period must provide an unexpired photo ID. The accepted forms of photo ID are limited to an Ohio driver’s license or BMV-issued state ID; U.S. Passport or Passport Card; or Military ID. Those who vote at the polls on Election Day must show one of the following types of ID that is not expired: Driver’s license or photo ID issued by the State of Ohio BMV (driver’s licenses and non-driver photo IDs issued by the Ohio BMV are acceptable even if the address does not match the address on the voter’s registration) Military ID US Passports and Passport Cards
What is HB 458? Learn about the strictest voter ID bill in the nation, and how it impacts you.What is HB 458? HB 458 is the strictest voter ID bill in the entire nation, and could strip in-person voting access from as many as 800,000 Ohioans. It was signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine on January 6, 2023 and is set to take effect on April 7, 2023. The bill severely restricts voting options for Ohioans by shortening the deadlines for requesting and returning mail-in ballots, diminishing access to ballot drop boxes, and eliminating early voting the day before Election Day. This bill is a severe setback for democracy in our state. It disenfranchises Ohioans based on their age, ability, income, and decision to serve overseas, and it is a blatant attempt to suppress voters – plain and simple. How is it different from previous laws? Under the new law, in-person voters must present an eligible photo ID in order to vote. The only eligible forms of ID will include: an Ohio’s driver’s license or another form of state ID, military ID, or a US passport or passport card. Voters’ deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is now the close of business the seventh day before Election Day (May 2, 2023). Previously, voters had a longer window to do so. Under the new law, absentee ballots must be postmarked the day before the election (May 1, 2023) and received by the fourth day following the election to be counted. Voters will have until the fourth day after the election (May 6, 2023) to submit valid ID in order to correct a provisional ballot. How will I and other groups of Ohioans be impacted when the law takes effect? Strict voter ID requirements directly impact young people, who face some of the most significant barriers to securing documentation that counts as voter ID. They’re less likely to have a driver’s license, to have the financial resources and transportation they need to get an ID, and to be reached with information about voting requirements and deadlines than older voters. Shortening deadlines for requesting and returning mail-in ballots disenfranchises students who lack access to vehicles they’d need to vote off-campus and often opt to vote by mail. It also makes it harder for people who serve in the military overseas or have trouble leaving their homes to vote. Burdensome ID requirements disenfranchise other voters who lack the money, transportation or government support needed to get the documents they need to vote in-person – like low-income voters, voters with disabilities, and senior citizens. They also disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community, particularly voters who don’t identify with the gender marked on their IDs. This exact issue has led to over half of transgender adults to be ineligible, or not vote, in at least one election in their lifetime. What should I do to make sure I’m able to vote in the August Special Election? If you are able, obtain an Ohio driver’s license or other form of state ID in time for the Special Election (August 8, 2023). Note: While applying for a state ID card, you will have to surrender out-of-state ID. If you are unable to obtain an Ohio driver’s license or state ID in time for the Special Election, you can either use a U.S. passport or passport card to vote, or apply to vote by mail. How you can vote by mail: Remember – registered voters have the right to vote by mail without an excuse. You can apply for a mail ballot using the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Instructions for applying for a mail ballot and a PDF application form are available at: bit.ly/OH-Mail-VoterRegistration. Voters with disabilities may receive their ballots through the state’s remote ballot marking system. More information is available at: bit.ly/OH-RemoteBallotMarking. Your completed absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before Election Day (August 7) and either given to your county board of elections before the polls close on Election Day (August 8), or received by the counter board of elections by the fourth day following the election (August 12). Applications must be received by your county board of elections by the close of business on the seventh day before Election Day (August 1). How can I take action to push back against this new law? While HB 458 has been signed into law and took effect on April 7, you can contact your legislator to push for the addition of student ID to the list of acceptable photo identification options, to help make voting more accessible for hundreds of thousands of students. How to contact your legislator: If you don’t already know who your legislators are, find them here: legislature.ohio.gov/members/district-maps. Find the phone number for your State Representative here: ohiohouse.gov. To email your State Representative, insert the number of the House District that they represent into the following email address format: Rep[#]@ohiohouse.gov Find the phone number for your State Senator here: ohiosenate.gov. To email your State Representative, use their last name in the following email address format: [LastName]@ohiosenate.gov *Note: There are currently two Ohio state Senators with the last name Huffman. Contact Senator Matt Huffman at MHuffman@ohiosenate.gov and Senator Stephen Huffman at SHuffman@ohiosenate.gov. Spread The Word On This Issue - Top-line Messages Equal access to voting is foundational to our democracy. All voters deserve free, fair and unburdened access to the ballot in order to make their voices heard in our government. But a new law that will soon take effect in Ohio – which includes the strictest voter ID requirements in the nation – is threatening voting access for hundreds of thousands of Ohioans. For college students in Ohio, voting this spring could look different from how it has in the past. All students need to know about the updated photo ID requirements, new deadlines, and how to request a mail in ballot in order to make sure their votes count. You can take action to fight for fairer access to the ballot by contacting your state legislators and asking them to add student ID to the list of acceptable photo ID options under the new law.
Where Do I Vote?Make a plan. Track your absentee ballot, check your voter registration ststus, look up your voting site and hours at: sos.state.oh.us/elections/voters/toolkit
How Can I Vote?Absentee By Mail or Early In-Person: Any registered voter can vote absentee by mail or in person at a municipal clerk’s office without any excuse or reason. Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Absentee ballot request forms must be received by your local election official by 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day. If you’re already registered at your current address, you can request and vote an absentee ballot in person at your municipal clerk’s office until 4 p.m. on the day before Election Day. If you’re registering to vote or updating your address by appearing at your clerk’s office on Election Day, you can request and vote an absentee ballot at the same time you register. Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Completed absentee ballots must be received by your municipal clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can return your completed absentee ballot by mailing it to your municipal clerk’s office, dropping it off at the clerk’s office in person, or using a drop box in your jurisdiction. Find your municipal clerk's office and a list of drop box locations at: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Voter/Index/#yourclerk Voters with disabilities may request that their mail ballots be electronically transmitted to them. For more information, visit: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/Home/AccessibleVoting. Learn more about voting by mail at: https://www.michigan.gov/sos/elections/voting/absentee-voting Election Day: Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. The Michigan Secretary of State’s office recommends that voters with disabilities contact their clerk in advance to determine if their polling place is accessible; if it is not, the clerk will assign them to an alternative polling place. If you are in line by closing time, then you have the right to vote.
Common Questions/ConcernsRegistering to Vote Does Not Affect Your: Federal Financial Aid Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA. Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes. Tuition Status Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community. Will registering to vote in Ohio affect my driver’s license or car registration? Registering to vote in Ohio does not explicitly affect your driver’s license or car registration. However, as a new resident of Ohio, you may be required to make changes to your driver’s license or car registration regardless of whether you register to vote there. You may wish to contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles for more information.
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Fair Elections Center Know Your Rights Guides
Fair Elections Center has created "Know Your Voting Rights" guides for ten states to help give in-person voters the tools to assert their rights and protect their freedom to vote. Voters have important rights under federal law, but some of these rules at the polling place vary by state. While most voters will likely have a smooth voting experience, we want to make sure that they understand what to do if they do run into challenges or other hurdles at the polls.
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