Voting in the 2023 PA State and Local Elections
Pennsylvania General Election: November 7, 2023
Your vote and your voice matter in the 2023 Pennsylvania elections.
Pennsylvania Overseas Voters - Please Take Action:
Send in your Ballot Request (FPCA) now - go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org
- Look for your ballot to arrive, ballots started going out on September 23rd
- *If you do not receive your ballot, please contact your local election office. If you need further assistance, contact us at: [email protected]
- Ensure you have the correct elections on your ballot (see information below)
- Send your printed ballot back in the POSTAL MAIL asap to meet the deadlines
- Volunteer with the Democrats Abroad PA State Team
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Why Vote in the 2023 PA Elections
PA Overseas Voting Information and Assistance
Why Vote in Pennsylvania State Elections
Did you know that 2023 is an election year in PA? One of the most important positions in the state, a Supreme Court seat, is on the ballot this year.
How does the State Supreme Court affect you?
With the US Supreme Court refusing to defend voting rights, reproductive rights and other freedoms, state Supreme Courts have become critical battlegrounds.
In a state like PA, where the Supreme Court there threw out an extremely gerrymandered Congressional map in 2018 and stepped in to prevent a Republican attempt to overturn the election results in 2020, the decisions made in these courts can affect the trajectory of the entire country!
Wisconsin’s state Supreme Court election earlier this month broke records in spending and turnout, because voters understand that in an era where our basic rights are increasingly determined by what side of a state border we live on, all races are must-wins. Democrats are on defense in this election, looking to fill a vacancy left by the passing of Supreme Court Justice Max Baer last fall.
The last state Supreme Court election in 2021 was lost by less than a percentage point. Too much is on the line for us to lose another!
PA OVERSEAS VOTING INFORMATION AND ASSISTANCE
Follow the tips below to make the process go smoothly - and remember, we’re here to help! If you need further assistance, please write to [email protected]
Ballot Request/Registration Information
Ballot Request: As an overseas voter, you must request your ballot EVERY calendar year you wish to vote in – even if you are already registered.
- If you still need to request your ballot in 2023, please go to www.VoteFromAbroad.org (VFA).
Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA - overseas ballot request) form. Check the box to ask that your ballot be sent to you by email. See the timeline and deadlines below.
- Send your FPCA directly from the VFA website or EMAIL or fax it to your Local Election Office so you can get your ballot without delay!
Please DO NOT use the in-state absentee voter registration! You will still need to send in an FPCA to request your ballot. Using the FPCA ensures you can receive your ballot by email. (We highly recommend getting your ballot by email to avoid postal delays.)
Registration: Check here to see if you are registered.
- If you are not registered, the FPCA will double as your voter registration.
Can I vote in this year's PA state election?
If you select that you “intend to return” on your FPCA, you will receive a ballot for STATE and LOCAL races (State Senate, State Assembly, school board, mayor, council, etc.).
- If you select that your "return is uncertain" on your FPCA, you are not eligible to vote in this year's PA state election. PA allows those that mark "return is uncertain" to only vote in federal-level elections, i.e. for the Presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Be sure to set a reminder to request your ballot in January for the 2024 election.
Ballot Return Instructions
PA is a mail only ballot return state. The printed ballot must be sent by postal mail or possibly by diplomatic pouch through your embassy. Ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day (see timeline and key dates below). Not all embassies accept ballots on odd-numbered years so please check with your embassy for available services and deadlines. Late return is the #1 reason ballots are rejected, so send yours back ASAP!
- Follow all instructions provided by your Local Election Office carefully.
- Be sure to sign where instructed before mailing back your ballot.
- Affix the necessary postage to mail your ballot to the USA.
Nov 7th PA State General Election - Dates and Deadlines
➔ State General Election Overseas Voter Registration Deadlines:
- Oct 23rd
➔ State General Election Ballot Request Deadlines:
- Oct 31st
➔ State General Election Ballots will be sent out starting September 23rd
- Check your Email or Spam folder
- Contact your Local Election Official if your ballot has not arrived by the 23rd
➔ State General Election Ballot Return Deadlines:
- Ballots must be sent by POSTAL MAIL
- Ballots must be postmarked by Nov 6th and received by Nov 14th