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Do you know how elections work in Pennsylvania? 

Get informed and make sure your vote counts.



Democracy Health Grade

Leigh Chapman
Appointed Secretary of State - 2022

Population: 12,801,989
Budget Allocation For Elections: $14,207,000
Per Capita Investment In Elections: $1.11

In Pennsylvania, elections are overseen at the state level by the Secretary of State's office - specifically, the Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation. The Secretary is appointed by the Governor (with the consent of the state legislature). Much of the power over counting and certifying votes, however, falls to the county level.

Like most states, elections in Pennsylvania are largely run at the local level by a Chief Clerk or Director of Elections, who is appointed by the County Bureau of Elections. That body typically consists of three members, who are in most cases partisan members of the County Board of Commissioners. 

The County Board of Elections is ultimately responsible for certifying the results of an election. They may investigate irregularities, order recounts, and conduct hearings on election protests. Pennsylvania state law limits the political activities board members may take, including prohibiting "written or oral statements to the public at large supporting or opposing candidates for public office.

If you encounter any difficulties or issues voting - either early or in person on November 8 - please file a complaint with us at Protect Our Election, or, if you require urgent assistance, by calling 1-866-OUR-VOTE. 

Prohibited activities by poll workers and/or observers include:

  1. Wearing or distributing campaign material or electioneering;

  2. Impeding or disrupting the voting process or speaking with voters or election assistants;

  3. Interfering with the privacy of the voter, including positioning themselves in such a way that they can view confidential voter information on poll books or laptops or standing in such a way that they can view the contents of ballots inserted into a tabulator;

  4. Using an electronic device to film or take photographs inside the voting enclosure;

  5. Taking photographs, videos, or recording a voter without the consent of the voter and the chief judge;

  6. Entering the voting booth area or attempting to view voted ballots;

  7. Boarding a vehicle containing curbside voters; and

  8. Providing voter assistance.

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Roy Cooper


This legislation creates a high risk of voter harassment and intimidation and could discourage citizens from voting

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Karen Brinson Bell

Executive Director,

State Board of Elections

This order gives more opportunity to voters this year... this order is the right thing to do because no North Carolinian should fear exposure to disease when they cast their ballot.

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Patrick Gannon


State Board of Elections

Adversaries both domestically and abroad want you to distrust the elections process. Please let them know that you trust your elections officials and the elections process by exercising your right to vote.


Protect Our Election,

Preserve Our Democracy

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