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IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NOMINATION PETITION FILING

 
 
In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling on Pennsylvania’s Congressional Reapportionment Plan, nomination petition forms and instructions for the office of Representative in Congress are not available at this time. 
 
The Department of State is making nomination petition forms available online for all candidates EXCEPT CANDIDATES FOR REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 
 
Please be advised, an important update and 2018 Remedial Congressional Districts have been provided here.

The Department will make nomination petition forms and instructions available for the office of Representative in Congress as soon as possible after a new Congressional Reapportionment Plan is approved. 
 
The dates and deadlines for nomination petition filing published in the 2018 Election Calendar apply ONLY to candidates for the following offices:
 
  • United States Senator
  • Governor
  • Lieutenant Governor
  • Senator in the General Assembly
  • Representative in the General Assembly
  • Democratic State Committee Member
  • Republican State Committee Member
If you have any questions, please call the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation toll-free at 1-877-868-3772.  
 

 HOW TO CREATE A PETITION PACKEt

 
Candidates can easily create nomination petitions forms online using our Candidate Survey webpage.
 
The online nomination petition forms streamline the login and petition review process to reduce the amount of time candidates spend waiting in line.
 
Candidates should save an electronic copy of their personalized nomination petition forms in the event they need to distribute additional forms to volunteers.
 
Because the petition forms are optimized for use with our electronic filing system, it is important that candidates carefully follow the instructions for printing and copying petition pages.
 
If you have questions about the Candidate Petition Form webpage, please contact the Department of State toll-free at 1-877-868-3772.
 
“Things You Will Need” Checklist
 
 
-You must file with your nomination petition a completed and notarized Candidate’s Affidavit
-You must file nomination petition page(s) with the required number of signatures for the office you are seeking
-You must file a copy of your Statement of Financial Interests, if applicable (not required for Federal or Political Party offices)
-You must file the original copy of your Statement of Financial Interests with the State Ethics Commission on or before the nomination petition filing deadline
-You must submit with your nomination petition a certified check or money order in the appropriate amount payable to the ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’ (personal checks and cash cannot be accepted)
-You must submit with your nomination petition a certified check or money order in the appropriate amount payable to the ‘Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’ (personal checks and cash cannot be accepted)
 
PLEASE NOTE:
 
Petitions must be printed 2-sided on 8 ½ x 11” paper, head to head
 
Petition pages that are not printed 2-sided will not be accepted
 
Each petition page must be notarized after signatures are gathered
 
Signatures can be gathered only during the nomination petition circulation and filing period
 
Signatures that are dated before the first day to circulate or after the last day to circulate will not be counted
 
Remember to click the link on the petition form webpage to obtain the Statement of Financial Interests form
 
 
 
Statewide and State Level Offices Eligible for Election in 2018
U.S. Senate
Governor
Lt. Governor
*Representative in Congress
Senator in the General Assembly
Representative in the General Assembly
Democratic State Committee
Republican State Committee
 
*  Nomination petition forms, instructions, circulation dates and deadlines for the office of Representative in Congress will be posted after a new Congressional Reapportionment Plan is approved.   
 
 
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If you have any questions, please email ra-elections@pa.gov or call 717-787-5280.