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Commonwealth Court Recount Confirms Dumas Victory

11/24/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid announced today that all 67 counties have completed the recount of the Commonwealth Court race and the recount results confirm the original unofficial election results, with Lori A. Dumas winning the second open seat on the court.

Acting Secretary of State Degraffenreid Orders Mandatory Automatic Recount in Commonwealth Court Race

11/11/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today ordered a recount in the Commonwealth Court race for two open seats on Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court.

Acting Secretary of State Gives Notice of Statewide Recount in Commonwealth Court Race

11/10/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today issued notice that she will order a statutorily required statewide recount in the Nov. 2 race for two open seats on the Commonwealth Court.

Pennsylvania Colleges Recognized for Voter Registration and Civic Engagement Efforts

11/10/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today announced award winners and congratulated the colleges and universities that participated in the Department of State’s 2021 PA Campus Voting Challenge Program to increase voter registration and civic engagement among college students in the commonwealth.

Acting Secretary of State Reports Smooth Municipal Election

11/02/2021
An hour after polling places closed, Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid reported that today’s municipal election in Pennsylvania ran smoothly and without major incident.

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

11/01/2021
With Tuesday’s municipal election just one day away, Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State’s election night returns website offers up-to-the-minute results.

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

10/28/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today encouraged Pennsylvanians to educate themselves about their rights before they vote in person on November 2.

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

10/27/2021
In preparation for Pennsylvania’s municipal general election on Nov. 2, Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid reminds Pennsylvanians they can find comprehensive voting information at vote.pa.gov.

Mail Ballot Voters Encouraged to Hand-Deliver Ballots Immediately

10/22/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today encouraged  Pennsylvanians voting by mail ballot in the Nov. 2 election to hand-deliver their ballots to their county election office, drop box or other designated location as soon as possible.

Secretary of State Reminds Voters They Can Return Their Mail Ballot to a Drop Box Location Ahead of Nov. 2 Election

10/21/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvania voters that they can drop off their mail-in or absentee ballots at drop box locations, at their county election office or at other officially designated locations until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Deadline to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the November Election Is Oct. 26

One week left to vote in person by mail ballot

10/19/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today urged Pennsylvanians planning to vote by mail ballot in the Nov. 2 municipal election to apply now, before the Oct. 26 deadline, and return their mail ballot immediately to ensure their vote is counted.

Pennsylvanians Have Less Than Two Weeks to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the Nov. 2 Election

Nearly 907,000 voters have already applied for a mail ballot

10/13/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded registered Pennsylvania voters that they have less than two weeks, until 5 p.m. Oct. 26,  to apply for a mail ballot for the Nov. 2 municipal election. 

Deadline to Register to Vote in Nov. 2 Election Quickly Approaching

Register, check registration status and apply for a mail ballot online at vote.pa.gov

10/11/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that they have one week – until Oct. 18 – to register to vote in the November municipal election.

Pennsylvanians Can Vote In Person by Mail Ballot at County Election Office Locations Through Oct. 26

10/06/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that they can vote now in person by mail ballot at their county election office or satellite election office, one of three voting options available to them for the Nov. 2 municipal election.

PA High Schools Invited to Compete in Voter Registration Challenge

09/28/2021
The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education launched the fifth annual Governor’s Civic Engagement Award (GCEA) Program, which promotes student-led voter registration efforts, today on National Voter Registration Day.

Secretary of State Encourages Pennsylvanians to Learn About Elections by Serving as a Poll Worker

09/01/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today encouraged all eligible Pennsylvanians to learn more about elections by signing up to be poll workers in their county for the November 2, 2021, election.

Department of State Releases One-Page “Snapshots” Providing Simple Descriptions of Professional Licensing Requirements

Wolf administration is committed to improving the licensing process

08/17/2021
The Department of State has created one-page Occupational Licensure Snapshots with descriptions of licensing requirements for nearly 100 occupations regulated by  Pennsylvania’s 29 professional licensing boards and commissions.

Pennsylvania Announces Upcoming End to Pandemic-Related Licensing Waivers

08/06/2021
The Pennsylvania Department of State announced today that its professional licensing waivers issued under the COVID-19 disaster declaration will begin to expire in several phases starting August 17. Under Act 21 of 2021, all waived and suspended regulations initiated because of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declaration will expire on September 30, 2021, unless terminated sooner. Licensed professionals and other individuals impacted by these waivers are urged to make every effort to return to compliance as soon as possible.

Department of State Decertifies Fulton County’s Voting System

07/21/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid has informed the Fulton County Board of Elections that she has decertified the county’s voting system for future elections because it was subjected to a post-election review by a third party in violation of Pennsylvania’s Election Code.

Pennsylvania Department of State Issues Directive Against Third-Party Access to Electronic Voting Systems

07/09/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid has issued a directive prohibiting third-party access to electronic voting systems, addressing requests that counties allow outside entities not involved with the conduct of elections to review and copy the internal electronic, software, mechanical, logic, and related components of Pennsylvania’s voting systems.

Acting Secretary of State Outlines Findings of Inspector General’s Report on Failure to Advertise Constitutional Amendment

05/26/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid today discussed findings of the Office of State Inspector General’s report on the Department of State’s failure to advertise a constitutional amendment, HB 963. The proposed constitutional amendment would have extended retroactively the timeline sexual abuse victims have to file civil action against their abusers.

Governor’s Civic Engagement Award Winners Announced for 2020-21 School Year

05/25/2021
The Pennsylvania Departments of State and Education announced today that 27 high schools in 18 counties across the commonwealth and one statewide charter school won Governor’s Civic Engagement Awards (GCEA) for the 2020-21 school year. Nearly 70 schools participated in the program and registered to vote 2,741 eligible students.

Acting Secretary of State Reports Successful Municipal Primary Election

05/18/2021
An hour after polling places closed, Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid reported that today’s municipal primary election in Pennsylvania was successful, with more than 550,000 mail-in ballots already recorded.

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

05/17/2021
With Tuesday’s municipal primary election just one day away, Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid today reminded Pennsylvanians that the Department of State’s election night returns website offers up-to-the-minute results.

Wolf Administration Discusses Positive Impact of Emergency Disaster Declaration for Patients, Doctors, Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals

Licensing waivers allow for flexible response during a disaster incident

05/06/2021
From providing telemedicine in a patient’s home to administering vaccines at community vaccination clinics, Department of Health Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson and Professional and Occupational Affairs Commissioner Kalonji Johnson today outlined how the ongoing emergency disaster declaration is allowing doctors, nurses, and other licensed healthcare professionals to provide quality patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pennsylvanians Have One Week Left to Apply for a Mail Ballot for the May 18 Primary Election

More than 750,000 voters have already applied for a mail ballot

05/04/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid today reminded registered Pennsylvania voters that they have one week left to apply for a mail ballot for the May 18 primary election. 

Mail Ballot Applications for the May 18 Primary Near 750,000 Milestone

Today is Deadline to Register to Vote in the Primary Election

05/03/2021
Acting Secretary of State Veronica W. Degraffenreid announced today that more than 741,500 Pennsylvanians have applied for mail ballots for the May 18 municipal primary election.

Department of State Releases COVID-19 Enforcement Actions, April 18-25

04/27/2021
The Department of State’s Bureau of Enforcement and Investigation (BEI) today released data related to COVID-19 enforcement actions from April 18-25.
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