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2017 Important Dates

Event Date
First day to circulate and file nominations petitions February 14
Last day to circulate and file nomination petitions March 7
First day to circulate and file nomination papers
(independent candidates)
March 8
Last day for withdrawal by candidates who filed nomination petitions March 22
Last day to Register to Vote before the primary April 17
Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot May 9
Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots May 12
MUNICIPAL Primary May 16
First day to Register to Vote after primary election May 17
Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots
(must be submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 PM on May 15)
May 23
Last day to circulate and file nomination papers August 1
Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated by nomination papers August 8
Last day for withdrawal by candidates nominated at the primary August 14
Last day to Register to Vote before the November Election October 10
Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot October 31
Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots November 3
MUNICIPAL Election November 7
First day to Register to Vote after the November Election November 8
Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots
(must be submitted for delivery no later than 11:59 PM on November 6)
November 14

All dates are subject to change without notice.

Signature Requirements/Filing fees

Office Number of Signatures Filing Fee
President of the United States*  2000  $200.00
 United States Senator*  2000  $200.00
Attorney General*  2000  $200.00
Auditor General*  2000  $200.00
State Treasurer*  2000  $200.00
Representative in Congress*  1000  $150.00
Senator in the General Assembly*  500  $100.00
Representative in the General Assembly*  300  $100.00
Delegate/Alternate Delegate to National Convention*  250  $25.00

State Committee*

 100

 $25.00

 Judge of Court of Common Pleas (may cross file)*  250  $100.00
 County Commissioner  100  $100.00
 County Controller  100  $100.00
 County Coroner  100  $100.00
 County District Attorney  100  $100.00
 County Jury Commissioner  100  $100.00
 Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts  100  $100.00
 Register & Recorder & Clerk of Orphans Court  100  $100.00
 County Sheriff  100  $100.00
 County Treasurer  100  $100.00
 District Justice (may cross file)  100  $ 50.00
 School Director (may cross file)   10  NONE
 Committeeperson   10  NONE
 Assessor   10  NONE
 Auditor   10  NONE
 Constable   10  $ 10.00
 Councilmember   10  NONE
 Mayor   10  NONE
 Supervisor   10  NONE 
 Tax Collector   10  NONE
 Judge of Election   10  NONE
 Inspector of Election   10  NONE 
 * File Petitions with the Department of State    

General Instructions

Each signer may sign petitions for as many candidates for each office as he/she is permitted to vote for and no more.

No nominating petition requiring a filing fee will be accepted for filing unless it is accompanied by the filing fee.

The top portion of the petition must be filled out prior to obtaining any signatures.

Type or print the name of the candidate on the face of the petitions exactly as you wish it to appear on the official ballot. If a married woman is proposed as a candidate her first name must be used on the petition; e.g., Mary Jones and not Mrs. John Jones. Nicknames are allowed only if they are a derivative of the legal name given. If you wish to have your name printed on the ballot other than your given name, you must have completed an Affidavit for Ballot Name Change Request, have it notarized and attached to your petition.

Make certain that each signer and circulator of a petition is a Registered and Enrolled Member of the Party Referred to in the Petition.

Each signer must personally insert the information concerning residence and date of signing. Each signer should list his/her address exactly as it appears on his/her registration affidavit. In the case of those electors having a rural route or RD number, the township must be listed. The date of signing may be expressed in numbers or words; e.g., February 17, 2015 or 2/17/2015. The given name of a married woman must be used by signer; e.g., Mary Jones not Mrs. John Jones. A candidate may sign his own petition.

No ditto marks are permitted on petitions. Any signature containing ditto marks will be disallowed.

Be sure the proper office title is set forth in your petition, including the term of office.

The candidate's affidavits that appear on the back of the petition must be signed and notarized. The circulator's affidavit must not be signed and notarized until after the petition has been circulated. A candidate may circulate his own petition.

Candidates for School Director who choose to cross file cannot have the same person circulate both party petitions. The circulator must be an enrolled member of the party indicated on the front of the petition.

Different petitions must be used for signers who reside in different counties.

Petitions are to be filed with the County Board of Elections by 4:30 pm on February 16, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

A petition for offices requiring a statement of financial interest will not be accepted unless a copy has been attached to the petition. A copy of this form must also be filed with the governing authority of the political subdivision in which his/she is a candidate on or before February 16, 2016.

Questions about nomination petitions or elections should be directed to 724-548-3222, 8:00 am-4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

 
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