Harrisburg, PA – The Department of State will have nomination petition packets available for congressional candidates on Thursday, February 22, Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres announced today.
Congressional candidates will follow a revised petition circulating and filing schedule approved by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. The revised petition filing schedule, which applies ONLY to congressional candidates, allows for circulating and filing petitions from February 27 through March 20.
Candidates and voters can find a county-level comparison of the remedial congressional map and the 2011 congressional redistricting map on the department’s website.
“Voters will not see any changes in their polling places because of the court’s order and new map. Nor will there be any change in the rules in effect at polling places,” Torres said.
The department’s Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation (BCEL) is making the necessary changes to the voter registration database, the Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE), so candidates can obtain updated voter lists from the department or from appropriate counties. That work is expected to be complete by the end of this week.
As soon as possible, the bureau will produce a detailed breakdown of congressional boundaries for voters.
The Bureau has developed a plan for temporarily administering two sets of precincts for the former 18th Congressional District to ensure that the four counties involved in the upcoming special election for that district are not adversely impacted. The March 13 special election will be conducted using the former congressional boundaries.
NOTE: Video and audio of an interview Tuesday with Jonathan Marks, Commissioner of BCEL, and an earlier press release from the department can be downloaded here.
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