Harrisburg, PA – Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres
today said the Department of State is taking necessary steps to implement the remedial congressional map released Monday by the Pennsylvania
Department of State is well prepared for a new congressional map,” said
Governor Tom Wolf. “The department responded immediately to the Court’s
decision and is implementing its response plan. Over the next few days, updated
information and support will be provided to local elections officials and
candidates to ensure a smooth and orderly process.”
department is making the operational changes in plenty of time for the May 15
will not see any changes in individual polling places and these changes do not
in any way affect voters’ polling places,” said Torres. “Nor will there be any
change in the rules in effect at polling places.”
soon as possible, the department plans to post spreadsheets on its website that
will allow individual voters to check the congressional district in which they
reside under the new boundaries.
the map and data files made available by the Supreme Court on Monday, the
Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation immediately began converting
the data files into lists of precincts. This morning, staff began updating the
elections system database with the new precincts lists.
petition packets will be available for congressional candidates no later than
Thursday, and possibly as early as Wednesday. When nomination petitions are
available, the Department will issue a press release and post an updated
special notice to candidates on the Department’s website.
candidates will follow a revised petition circulating and filing
schedule approved by
the court. The revised petition filing schedule, which applies ONLY to
congressional candidates, allows for circulating and filing petitions from February
27 through March 20.
Bureau is working simultaneously to update 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 also
expected to be complete by the end of this week.
the meantime, there are 54 counties that lie entirely within a single
district,” said Jonathan Marks, Commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions,
Elections and Legislation. “So candidates for most congressional districts will
be able to identify significant numbers of voters even before the updated lists
counties are split by the new map, the work of updating voter registration
files in the SURE system is done by the County Boards of Elections. The
Bureau is communicating with the affected counties to ensure that they have the
information necessary to enter accurate updates.
Bureau has also developed a plan for temporarily administering two sets of
precincts for the 18th Congressional District to ensure that the
four counties involved in the March 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 with
Jonathan Marks, Commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and
Legislation, will be available for download later today in an email from the
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