2018 Pennsylvania Primary: What to Know Ahead of the Election

Including where and when to vote (and whom you’ll see on the ballot).


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Hey, Philadelphia voters: The Pennsylvania primary is on Tuesday, and we hope you’re ready. If not, we’ve put together a handy little guide to get you prepared.

This particular primary is shaping up to be an exciting (and unprecedented) one, largely because of the congressional map changes this spring. Here’s what to look out for:

  • A record number of candidates have filed to run for U.S. House in Pennsylvania, including a surge of women who say they want to shift the state’s male-dominated political landscape.
  • Our eyes are on the competitive 5th Congressional District race and its 11 candidates (including 10 Democrats and one Republican).
  • Three Republicans (Laura Ellsworth, Scott Wagner and Paul Mango) are vying to challenge Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. Ellsworth says she wants to be the state’s first woman governor.
  • Montgomery County — the state’s third most-populous county — hasn’t had a resident as its Congressional representative in more than three years. Democratic candidates in the newly created 4th Congressional District (State Rep. Madeleine Dean, Shira Goodman and Joe Hoeffel) could change that.
  • One of three ballot questions will ask whether the city should provide mandatory sexual harassment training for all city employees — but it’s unclear what the training would look like (or how much it would cost).

And here’s everything else you need to know:

  • If something goes wrong on voting day, you can report a complaint to the Department of State here. Otherwise, if you have any questions about voting in Philadelphia, you can call the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law’s hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
  • For information on individual candidates, check out of the Committee of Seventy’s voting guide.

Otherwise, good luck out there!