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Department of State Holds Dice-Rolling Event to Choose Random Seed for Statewide Risk-Limiting Audit of 2022 General Election

11/17/2022
A statewide risk-limiting audit (RLA) of the 2022 midterm election began today with the rolling of 10-sided dice to generate the random 20-digit seed number counties will use to retrieve batches of ballots to be audited.

Acting Secretary of State Reports on Midterm Election

11/08/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman reported that Pennsylvania achieved a relatively incident-free midterm election and thanked county election officials and poll workers for their tireless service.

Election Returns Website Will Provide First Look at Tuesday’s Unofficial Election Results

Secretary reminds voters to hand deliver their mail ballots by 8 PM Election Day

11/07/2022
With Tuesday's midterm election just one day away, Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State's election night returns website offers up-to-the-minute results.

Voters May Take Steps Now to Ensure Their Vote Counts

11/04/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today said Pennsylvania voters who have been contacted by their county elections office notifying them that their ballot has been cancelled or who are concerned that their ballot may have been cancelled due to an error on the outside envelope should contact their county election office or call the Department of State’s year-round voter hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA.

Department of State Urges Voters to Know Their Rights at the Polls

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day

11/04/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today encouraged Pennsylvanians to educate themselves about their rights before they vote in person on November 8.

One-Stop Voter Information Is Available at vote.pa.gov

Acting Secretary Reminds Voters to Sign and Date Outer Envelope Before Returning Mail Ballot

11/03/2022
In preparation for Pennsylvania’s general election on Nov. 8, Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman reminds Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at vote.pa.gov.

Deadline to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the Midterm Election Is Nov. 1

One week left to vote in person by mail ballot

10/25/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today urged Pennsylvanians planning to vote by mail ballot in the Nov. 8 election to apply now, before the Nov. 1 deadline, and return their mail ballot immediately to ensure their vote is counted.

Acting Secretary of State Outlines Vote-Counting Process After Election Day in Pennsylvania

10/24/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today outlined the vote-counting process for the Nov. 8 general election and explained why under current election law unofficial results will be available within a few days of the election.

Pennsylvanians Have Less Than Two Weeks to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the Nov. 8 General Election

More than 1.2 Million Voters Have Already Applied For A Mail Ballot

10/19/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today reminded registered Pennsylvania voters that they have less than two weeks, until 5 p.m. Nov. 1, to apply for a mail ballot for the Nov. 8 general election.

Pennsylvanians Have One Week to Register to Vote in the November General Election

10/17/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today reminded Pennsylvanians that they have one week – until Oct. 24 – to register to vote in the November general election.

Acting Secretary of State Issues Statement on SCOTUS Order on Undated Mail Ballots

10/11/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court order regarding undated mail ballots.

Acting Secretary of State Educates Voters on What’s New for the Upcoming November General Election

10/11/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today highlighted the Department of State’s (DOS) commitment to transparency about the election administration process in Pennsylvania and provided an update for voters on what’s new since the May primary for the Nov. 8 general election.

PA High Schools Invited to Participate in Annual Voter Registration Challenge

10/11/2022
The Pennsylvania departments of State and Education launched today the sixth annual Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) Program, which promotes student-led voter registration efforts in high schools across the commonwealth.

Acting Secretary of State Reminds Eligible Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote by Oct. 24 Deadline

09/20/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman marked National Voter Registration Day today by reminding Pennsylvanians that the deadline to register to vote in the November election is Oct. 24 and by visiting three college campuses to encourage students to register to vote. 

Department of State and Governor’s Advisory Commissions Highlight Voting Access Milestones

09/13/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman and the five Governor’s Advisory Commission executive directors today highlighted the Wolf Administration’s efforts to expand voter access and reminded Pennsylvanians Oct 24. is the deadline to register to vote in the November election.

Acting Secretary of State Encourages Voters To Be Poll Workers for November General Election

DOS participates in national poll worker recruitment event, Help America Vote Day

08/16/2022
In honor of Help America Vote Day today, Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh M. Chapman is encouraging eligible Pennsylvanians to serve as poll workers for the Nov. 8 election.

Acting Secretary of State: State Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Mail-In Voting in Pennsylvania

08/02/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today said the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s decision upholding the constitutionality of no-excuse mail-in voting in the commonwealth assures eligible Pennsylvanians can vote by mail-in ballot in the Nov. 8 general election.

Department of State Makes Improvement That Allows New PA Nursing Candidates To Get Work Permits More Quickly

07/28/2022
Acting Secretary of the Commonwealth Leigh M. Chapman announced today that ongoing improvements to Pennsylvania’s nurse licensing process will now allow new nursing school graduates to more quickly obtain a temporary practice permit (TPP) as they study for their nursing exams.

U.S. Senate Republican Primary Recount Confirms Oz Win

06/08/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman announced today the mandatory statewide recount confirmed Mehmet Oz as the winner of the U.S. Senate Republican race.

Acting Secretary of State Chapman Orders Mandatory Statewide Recount in U.S. Senate Primary Race

05/26/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today ordered a recount in the May 17 Republican primary race for a U.S. Senate seat.

Acting Secretary of State Reports Successful Primary Election in Pennsylvania

05/17/2022
An hour after polling places in 66 counties closed, Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman reported that today’s midterm primary election in Pennsylvania was successful, with more than 646,000 mail-in ballots already received by midday. 

Department of State Election Returns Website To Provide First Look at Primary Election Results

05/16/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today reminded Pennsylvanians of the Pennsylvania Department of State’s election night returns website, which will offer up-to-the-minute results from counties after the polls close at 8 p.m. on May 17.

Department of State Encourages Pennsylvania Voters to Evaluate Sources of Election Information

Voters can find reliable information on voting and elections at vote.pa.gov

05/12/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman urged Pennsylvania voters today to rely on and share election information only from trusted sources.

Vote.pa.gov Provides One-Stop Voter Information

Mail Ballot Applications Exceed 893,775 on Last Day to Apply

05/10/2022
In preparation for Pennsylvania’s primary election on May 17, Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman reminds Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at vote.pa.gov.

Department of State to Roll Back Remaining Professional Licensing Waivers

05/04/2022
The Pennsylvania Department of State today announced that its professional licensing waivers issued under the COVID-19 disaster declaration will begin expiring in phases starting May 23. All waivers will expire by June 30.

Deadline to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the May Primary is May 10

One Week Left to Vote in Person by Mail Ballot

05/02/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today urged Pennsylvanians planning to vote by mail ballot in the primary election to apply now, before the May 10 deadline, and return their mail ballot immediately to ensure their vote is counted.

Acting Secretary of State Announces Voter Services Now Available in Chinese

04/27/2022
Acting Secretary of State Leigh M. Chapman today announced the Pennsylvania Department of State’s online voter registration (OVR) portal is now available in Chinese.
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