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Shapiro Administration Urges Voters to Know Their Rights at the Polls on Primary Day, April 23

Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

04/19/2024
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt today encouraged registered Pennsylvania voters to educate themselves about their rights before they vote in person in the April 23 primary election. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely and fairly, and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard, are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Within Days of New Law Creating Associate Licenses for Mental Health Providers, Department of State Prepared to Accept Applications

Department rapidly implemented new law to help address critical mental health workforce shortage in Pennsylvania

04/15/2024
Less than a week after Governor Josh Shapiro signed Act 4 of 2024 into law, the Pennsylvania Department of State began accepting applications for qualified individuals to work as licensed associate marriage and family therapists (LAMFTs) and licensed associate professional counselors (LAPCs).

State Boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine Adopt New Policies That Oppose the Practice of Conversion Therapy on LGBTQ+ Minors

State Boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine now consider the use of conversion therapy on minors to be unprofessional, harmful; warn that licensees engaging in that practice may be subject to administrative discipline

04/11/2024
The State Boards of Psychology and Osteopathic Medicine voted this week to adopt new Statement of Policies (SOP) that oppose the use of conversion therapy on minors in Pennsylvania. The new policies notify licensees that the Board considers the use of conversion therapy to be unprofessional, harmful conduct that may subject any licensee engaging in it to administrative discipline.

Shapiro Administration Implements New Federal Work Study Program, Students to Get Paid for Nonpartisan Civic Engagement

04/10/2024
The Shapiro Administration implemented a new program from the U.S. Department of Education that allows eligible college students in Pennsylvania and across the country to use Federal Work Study (FWS) funding to work in get-out-the-vote activities, election offices, polling places, and other nonpartisan civic engagement employment opportunities.

Shapiro Administration Reminds Voters the Deadline to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the April 23 Primary Is Just One Week Away

04/09/2024
Registered Pennsylvania voters planning to vote by mail ballot in the April 23 primary election have one week left to apply for their ballot online or in person, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt said today.

Shapiro Administration Reminds Voters the Deadline to Register to Vote in the Primary Is Only Two Weeks Away

April 8 is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania’s primary election

03/26/2024
Today, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded eligible Pennsylvanians that the April 8 deadline to register to vote in the April 23 primary is only two weeks away. Ensuring our elections are conducted freely and fairly - and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard - are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Department of State Launches Responsive Training Program for County Election Directors

New training team providing election administration education and support to new and experienced election directors in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties

03/20/2024
In keeping with Governor Shapiro’s commitment to ensure safe and secure elections in Pennsylvania, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt launched the Department of State’s new Election Directors Training Team, providing election administration education and support to Pennsylvania’s county election directors.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Reminds Voters of April 16 Deadline to Apply for Mail-in or Absentee Ballots

03/18/2024
With the primary election a little more than a month away, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt today reminded Pennsylvania voters that the deadline to apply for mail-in or absentee ballots for the primary election is 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Reminds Eligible Pennsylvanians of the April 8 Voter Registration Deadline

For information on how to register or to make a plan to vote, visit vote.pa.gov

03/11/2024
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded Pennsylvanians today that the deadline to register to vote in the April 23 primary is four weeks away. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely and fairly, and that every eligible voter has the opportunity to cast their ballot, are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

ICYMI: Department of State Highlights Government Working At The Speed of Business: Significantly Cutting Down Business Licensing Time and Improving Licensing, Permitting, Certification Processes

03/08/2024
Last year, Governor Shapiro signed an executive order to improve licensing, permitting and certification processes in Pennsylvania by establishing standard response times and money-back guarantees for applicants.

Shapiro Administration Increases Opportunities for Small Diverse Businesses to Secure Commonwealth Contracts

Voluntary information collected from companies expands pool of eligible vendors

02/23/2024
In keeping with Governor Shapiro’s commitment to enhance opportunities for small diverse businesses to compete for state contracts, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt announced today the Department of State is gathering voluntarily submitted information from small businesses and sending it to the Department of General Services (DGS).

Secretary of the Commonwealth Launches 2024 Primary Voter Education Initiative

02/01/2024
In preparation for the April 23 Primary Election, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt today launched the Shapiro Administration’s 2024 Primary Election voter education initiative.

Shapiro Administration Encourages Voters to Serve as Poll Workers on Election Day

Secretary Schmidt promotes poll worker recruitment during Help America Vote Day

01/30/2024
In honor of national Help America Vote Day, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt today encouraged eligible Pennsylvanians to sign up to serve as poll workers for the April 23 primary election and Nov. 5 general election.

Post-Election Audit Confirms Accuracy of 2023 Municipal General Election's Reported Outcome

12/21/2023
In keeping with Governor Shapiro’s commitment to secure and transparent elections, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt announced today that a statewide audit of the Nov. 7, 2023, Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge race confirmed that the reported outcome of the election was accurate.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Certifies 2023 Municipal Election Results

12/13/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt certified the official results of the 2023 Municipal Election yesterday.

Department of State Alerts Pennsylvania Businesses About New Federal Ownership Reporting Requirement

Most businesses must identify their beneficial owners to U.S. Treasury starting in 2024

12/01/2023
Beginning Jan. 1, 2024, many companies in the United States will have to report information about their beneficial owners – the individuals who ultimately own or control the company – to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

What People Are Saying About the Shapiro Administration’s Redesign of Mail Ballot Materials to Help Ensure Every Legal Vote Can Be Counted 

“Great news” … “commonsense change” … “A model for the country”

11/30/2023
esterday, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt introduced redesigned mail ballot materials that will be rolled out in 2024, with the goal of decreasing voter confusion that can lead to completed ballots being rejected. 

Shapiro Administration Introduces Redesigned Mail Ballot Materials to Give Voters Clearer Instructions, Decrease Number of Rejected Ballots, and Ensure Every Legal Vote is Counted

11/29/2023
In keeping with Governor Shapiro’s commitment to strengthening our democracy and keeping our elections safe and secure, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt announced redesigned mail ballot materials that will be rolled out in the 2024 primary election. The redesigned envelopes and instruction sheets have revised language to better inform voters how to properly fill out and return their mail-in ballots, with the goal of decreasing voter confusion that can lead to completed ballots being rejected and assisting county election workers in efficiently processing mail in ballots.

Department of State Livestreams Kickoff of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Risk-Limiting Audit of the 2023 Municipal Election

11/16/2023
To continue Governor Shapiro’s commitment to transparency about election administration in the Commonwealth, the Department of State today livestreamed the process to randomly select batches of ballots from the Nov. 7, 2023, municipal election that will be audited as part of Pennsylvania’s third statewide risk-limiting audit (RLA).

Secretary of State Reports Smooth Election Day Across Commonwealth, With Limited Number of Isolated Issues

11/07/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt said that today’s municipal election in Pennsylvania ran relatively smoothly, with county elections boards reporting a minimal number of isolated issues.   

Shapiro Administration Urges Voters to Know Their Rights at the Polls

11/03/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt today encouraged Pennsylvania voters to educate themselves about their rights before they vote in person on Nov. 7. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely, fairly, and securely – and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard – are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Shapiro Administration Reminds Voters of One-Stop Shop for Trusted Election Information

Vote.pa.gov provides resources for voters to verify their registration status, locate their polling place, and learn how to successfully complete and return their mail ballot

10/31/2023
In preparation for the Nov. 7 Municipal Election, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded Pennsylvania voters today that they can find comprehensive voting information at vote.pa.gov. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely, fairly, and securely – and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard – are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Shapiro Administration Reminds Voters of Oct. 31 Deadline to Request Mail-in or Absentee Ballot

Voters must return their mail or absentee ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day

10/24/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded Pennsylvanians today they can apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot for the upcoming Municipal Election until Tuesday, Oct. 31. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely, fairly, and securely – and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard – are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Discusses Preparations for Nov. 7 Election, Encourages Voters to Rely on Trusted Sources for Election Information

10/19/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt at a press conference Thursday discussed election preparations and deadlines for voters to keep in mind to cast their ballot in the Nov. 7 municipal election. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely, fairly, and securely – and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard – are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Shapiro Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians the Deadline to Register to Vote Is Two Weeks Away

Oct. 23 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 election

10/10/2023
Today, Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded eligible Pennsylvanians that the Oct. 23 deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 municipal election is only two weeks away. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely, fairly, and securely – and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard – are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Pennsylvania Voters Have 4 Weeks to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the Nov. 7 Municipal Election

10/03/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt today reminded registered Pennsylvania voters that they have until 5 p.m. Oct.  31 to apply for a mail ballot for the Nov. 7 municipal election. Ensuring that our elections are conducted securely, freely, and fairly – and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard – are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.

Longtime Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission Executive Director Greg Sirb Retires

During 33-year tenure, Sirb served 7 governors and 14 Secretaries of State

09/28/2023
Greg Sirb, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (SAC) and the longest-tenured director of any state athletic commission in the nation, will retire Friday, Sept. 29.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Reminds Eligible Pennsylvanians to Register to Vote by Oct. 23 to Participate in November Election

Get details on how to register to vote or how to update your voter registration status at vote.pa.gov

09/27/2023
Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt reminded Pennsylvanians today that the Oct. 23 deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 municipal election is just one month away. Ensuring that our elections are conducted freely and fairly, and that every eligible voter can make their voice heard, are top priorities of the Shapiro Administration.
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