Pennsylvania voters wishing to cast an absentee ballot in the Nov. 5 election must apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 29 at 5 p.m. Absentee voting is only allowed under specific conditions in Pennsylvania. Click the links at the end of this post to determine if you qualify.
Pennsylvania is holding the following elections, in addition to other elections beyond Ballotpedia’s coverage scope:
- Four seats on the Pennsylvania Superior Court
- Two retention elections
- Two partisan elections for open seats
- Two seats on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court (retention)
- County council, county controller, county executive, county district attorney, county treasurer, and magisterial district judges in Allegheny County
- Mayor, city council, city commission, county sheriff, register of wills, trial court judges, and municipal judges in Philadelphia
- City council and city controller in Pittsburgh
The following school district is also holding elections:
- Pittsburgh Public Schools
Pennsylvania voters will also decide a legislatively referred constitutional amendment to add specific rights of crime victims, together known as Marsy’s Law, to the Pennsylvania Constitution. If approved, Pennsylvania would become the 13th state to approve a Marsy’s Law measure, although the measures were ruled invalid by courts in Montana and Kentucky. Voters will also see a variety of local measures, including one in Pittsburgh to establish a Parks Trust Fund with revenue from a property tax and two measures in Philadelphia concerning a bond issue and competitive bidding.