Pennsylvania Primary Election 2024: Essential Information for Voters

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Written By Blue & Gold NLR Team

 

 

 

 

Pennsylvania’s primary election for 2024 is scheduled for Tuesday, April 23, presenting an opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to participate in the nomination process through polling or mail-in ballots.

However, it’s important to note that this is a closed primary, meaning independents and voters registered to third parties cannot participate, except in specific circumstances such as local ballot questions.

One of the headline races in the Lehigh Valley is the Republican primary for the party’s nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Susan Wild in the 7th Congressional District. Additionally, on the Democratic side, Pennsylvania State Rep. Bob Freeman is facing a rare primary challenge from Easton City Councilwoman Taiba Sultana.

For voters participating in the Pennsylvania primary, here’s a quick guide with essential information on candidates, polling-place hours, mail-in ballot procedures, and sample ballot access.

Polling hours for the Pennsylvania primary are from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line when polls close, you will still be allowed to vote.

First-time voters and those voting for the first time in a new precinct may need to show ID. Otherwise, voters will sign in to verify eligibility and ensure they are at the correct polling place.

To find your polling place, the Pennsylvania state department offers an online polling-place lookup tool on Vote.Pa.gov. Additionally, you can check your voter registration status and party affiliation using this tool.

For voters with mail-in ballots, they must be received by the county elections board by the time polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Mailing the ballot at this point is too late, so voters have three options:

– Deliver it directly to the county board of elections.

– Deposit it in a ballot drop box.

– Turn in all ballot materials, including envelopes, at their polling place to vote in person via a provisional ballot if they don’t have a requested ballot.

It’s crucial to follow the instructions on mail-in ballots carefully to avoid invalidating your vote. Remember, you can only return your own mail-in ballot, except in special circumstances that require a specific form.

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