PRIMARY ELECTION DAY IS MAY 18TH
COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION DAY
MAY 18, 2021
How to Vote By Mail
Once you receive your ballot, mark your ballot following the directions.
Place your ballot in the secrecy envelope and then put the secrecy envelope into the official envelope. Be sure to sign the declaration, or your ballot will not count.
All voters can answer the ballot questions, regardless of political party.
The questions as they will appear on the ballot are as follows. The first three questions are proposed amendments to the Pennsylvania Constitution:
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law and increase the power of the General Assembly to unilaterally terminate or extend a disaster emergency declaration—and the powers of Commonwealth agencies to address the disaster regardless of its severity pursuant to that declaration—through passing a concurrent resolution by simple majority, thereby removing the existing check and balance of presenting a resolution to the Governor for approval or disapproval?
A “NO” answer means that a governor can act quickly with all state departments to respond to a crisis, as long as that crisis lasts.
A ”YES” answer to the above question means that the legislature can vote to end the protections of an emergency declaration at any time, regardless of the status of the emergency.
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended to change existing law so that: a disaster emergency declaration will expire automatically after 21 days, regardless of the severity of the emergency, unless the General Assembly takes action to extend the disaster emergency; the Governor may not declare a new disaster emergency to respond to the dangers facing the Commonwealth unless the General Assembly passes a concurrent resolution; the General Assembly enacts new laws for disaster management?
A “NO” answer means that a governor can continue to respond to a crisis, even if it lasts longer than 3 weeks.
A “YES” answer to the above question means that an emergency declaration could end prematurely unless debated, negotiated, and voted on every 21 days in the state legislature.
Shall the Pennsylvania Constitution be amended by adding a new section providing that equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged because of an individual’s race or ethnicity?
A “YES” answer to the above question means that our constitution would be updated to include equal rights protections based on race or ethnicity.
A “NO” answer means that our constitution would continue to lack protections for discrimination based on race or ethnicity.
The following statewide referendum will appear on the May 18 ballot:
Do you favor expanding the use of the indebtedness authorized under the referendum for loans to volunteer fire companies, volunteer ambulance services and volunteer rescue squads under 35 PA.C.S. §7378.1 (related to referendum for additional indebtedness) to include loans to municipal fire departments or companies that provide services through paid personnel and emergency medical services companies for the purpose of establishing and modernizing facilities to house apparatus equipment, ambulances and rescue vehicles, and for purchasing apparatus equipment, ambulances and rescue vehicles, protective and communications equipment and any other accessory equipment necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the fire companies and emergency medical services companies?
A “YES” answer to the above question would allow municipal fire departments or companies with paid personnel, as well as EMS companies, to apply for a loan through an existing state-run program for volunteer companies. The money can be used to modernize or purchase equipment.
A “NO” answer would not allow municipal fire departments or companies with paid personnel, as well as EMS companies, to apply for a loan through an existing state-run program for volunteer companies.
Remember, ALL voters, regardless of political party, including Independents or those voters without a party affiliation, are eligible to vote on all of the ballot questions.
Election Day Reminders
Polls open at 7:00 am and close at 8:00 pm
If you are in line before the polls close, you are allowed to cast your vote
Request a provisional ballot if your name is not on your polling location's roster
Contact your county election officials if you experience issues at the polls
Important Dates to Remember
Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot
Last day to postmark/send mail-in and absentee ballots to county boards of election