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Pennsylvania House passes Real ID bill - PennLive.comThe Pennsylvania House has voted 190-1 to pass a Pennsylvania plan to comply with federal Real ID regulations. The bill now goes to Gov. Tom Wolf's desk for enactment. Wolf has said he will sign it. View Comments. Pennsylvania Real-Time News ...

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UPCOMING DATES
November 7, 2017
Pennsylvania : MUNICIPAL GENERAL ELECTION
November 6, 2018
Pennsylvania : General election Day

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DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT Pennsylvania

Named by Governor William Penn after his arrival in the New World in 1682, Philadelphia combined the Greek words for love (phileo) and brother (adelphos), engendering its nickname of “the city of brotherly love.”

Although born in Boston, Philadelphia claims Ben Franklin as one of its sons as the renowned statesman, scientist, writer and inventor moved to the city at the age of 17. Responsible for many civic improvements, Franklin founded the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731 and organized the Union Fire Company in 1736.

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On September 18, 1777, fearing that the approaching British army would seize and melt the Liberty Bell for ammunition, 200 cavalrymen transported the iconic symbol of freedom by caravan from the Philadelphia State House to the basement of the Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, where it remained until the British finally left in June of 1778.

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Now the largest city in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia served as the nation’s capital from 1790 until a permanent capital was established in Washington, D.C., in 1800. Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in Philadelphia.

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In July of 1952, Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine from the killed virus at the University of Pittsburgh. First tested on himself and his family, the vaccine was made available nation-wide a few years later, which reduced the number of polio cases from nearly 29,000 in 1955 to less than 6,000 in 1957.

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In 1903, the Boston Americans and Pittsburgh Pirates competed against each other in the first official World Series of Major League Baseball at Exposition Park in Pittsburgh. In the best-of-nine series, Boston won five games to three.

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The worst nuclear accident in United States history occurred on March 28, 1979, on Three Mile Island near Harrisburg. Caused by a series of system malfunctions and human errors, the plant’s nuclear reactor core partially melted, and thousands of residents were evacuated or fled the area, fearing exposure to radiation.

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William Penn initially requested his land grant be named “Sylvania,” from the Latin for “woods.” Charles II instead named it “Pennsylvania,” after Penn’s father, causing Penn to worry that settlers would believe he named it after himself.

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State of Pennsylvania Quick Facts
  • Current Population:12,802,503
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: No
  • Early Voting: No
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 20
  • Congressional Districts: 18
  • Date of Statehood: December 12, 1787
  • Size: 46,055 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Keystone State
  • Tree: Hemlock
  • Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • Bird: Ruffed Grouse
Registered Voters

: 8,377,928

Total Count Of All Voters: 8,377,928

  • Democratic : 4,088,189
  • Republican : 3,170,737
  • Affiliation : 683,057
  • Count of all other voters : 435,945

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in Pennsylvania?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of Pennsylvania.

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  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: Pennsylvania does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in Pennsylvania?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of Pennsylvania, voters have the following options :

    By Mail

    You can register to vote by mail

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

    Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Pennsylvania state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

    Pennsylvania State Government

    Pennsylvania Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    WE, the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of civil and religious liberty, and humbly invoking His guidance, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

    That the general, great and essential principles of liberty and free government may be recognized and unalterably established, WE DECLARE THAT -

    All men are born equally free and independent, and have certain inherent and indefeasible rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation, and of pursuing their own happiness.

    The Executive Branch
    Looking up from a large, stone staircase is a marble facade of a building with a large, pale green dome.

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power shall be vested in the Governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed; he shall be chosen on the day of the general election, by the qualified electors of the Commonwealth, at the places where they shall vote for Representatives.

    The Executive Department of this Commonwealth shall consist of a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Auditor General, State Treasurer, and Superintendent of Public Instruction and such other officers as the General Assembly may from time to time prescribe.

    Pennsylvania Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Appointed)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • The Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    Looking up from a large, stone staircase is a marble facade of a building with a large, pale green dome.

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of this Commonwealth shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and a House of Representatives.

    he General Assembly has 253 members, making it the second-largest state legislature in the nation (behind New Hampshire) and the largest full-time legislature.

    It consists of the Pennsylvania State Senate with 50 members and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives with 203 members.

    Judicial Branch
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    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a unified judicial system consisting of the Supreme Court, the Superior Court, the Commonwealth Court, courts of common pleas, community courts, municipal and traffic courts in the City of Philadelphia, such other courts as may be provided by law and justices of the peace. All courts and justices of the peace and their jurisdiction shall be in this unified judicial system.

    shall consist of seven justices, one of whom shall be the justice; and

    The Superior Court shall be a statewide court, and shall consist of the number of judges, which shall be not less than seven judges, and have such jurisdiction as shall be provided by this Constitution or by the General Assembly. One of its judges shall be the president judge.

    The Commonwealth Court shall be a statewide court, and shall consist of the number of judges and have such jurisdiction as shall be provided by law. One of its judges shall be the president judge.

    Pennsylvania Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(203)
    (81)(122)
    State Senators(50)
    (16)(34)
    US Representatives(18)
    (5)(13)
    US Senators(2)
    (1)(1)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    Pennsylvania Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    In all criminal cases except impeachment, the Governor shall have power to remit fines and forfeitures, to grant reprieves, commutation of sentences and pardons; but no pardon shall be granted, nor sentence commuted, except on the recommendation in writing of a majority of the Board of Pardons, after full hearing in open session, upon due public notice

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General except a citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of thirty years, and have been seven years next preceding his election an inhabitant of this Commonwealth, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this Commonwealth. No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General except a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    Election

    he shall be chosen on the day of the general election, by the qualified electors of the Commonwealth, at the places where they shall vote for Representatives.

    Term of Office

    The Governor shall hold his office during four years from the third Tuesday of January new ensuing his election. Except for the Governor who may be in office when this amendment is adopted, he shall be eligible to succeed himself for one additional term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Pennsylvania governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait one term before being eligible to run again

    Salary

    $190,823

    Qualification age

    at least 30 years old

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    As such, he may vote in case of a tie on any question except the final passage of a bill or joint resolution, the adoption of a conference report or the concurrence in amendments made by the House of Representatives.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General except a citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of thirty years, and have been seven years next preceding his election an inhabitant of this Commonwealth, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this Commonwealth. No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General except a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    Election

    A Lieutenant Governor shall be chosen jointly with the Governor by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both offices, for the same term, and subject to the same provisions as the Governor; he shall be President of the Senate

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality

    Limit on Tenure

    is limited to two consecutive terms

    Salary

    $160,289

    Qualification age

    at least 30 years old

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    he shall be the chief law officer of the Commonwealth and shall exercise such powers and perform such duties as may be imposed by law.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor, Lieutenant Governor or Attorney General except a citizen of the United States, who shall have attained the age of thirty years, and have been seven years next preceding his election an inhabitant of this Commonwealth, unless he shall have been absent on the public business of the United States or of this Commonwealth. No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General except a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

    Election

    An Attorney General shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the Commonwealth on the day the general election is held for the Auditor General and State Treasurer; he shall hold his office during four years from the third Tuesday of January next ensuing his election and shall not be eligible to serve continuously for more than two successive terms

    Term of Office

    4 year term

    Limit on Tenure

    Attorneys general in Pennsylvania are prevented, by commonwealth law, from serving more than two successive terms

    Salary

    $158,764

    Qualification age

    at least 30 years old

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary is the keeper of the Great Seal of the Commonwealth and has the duty of authenticating government documents through the seal's use.

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office

    Election

    The Office of Secretary of State is a position that is filled via appointment by the governor and with the consent of the state legislature.

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    There are no term limits imposed on the secretary of the commonwealth

    Salary

    $137,392

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer is the chief financial officer of the government, responsible for managing the commonwealth's money and serving as Pennsylvania's banker

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for this office

    Election

    The Treasurer of the State of Pennsylvania is an elected, executive level position within the Pennsylvania state government

    Term of Office

    The terms of the Auditor General and of the State Treasurer shall each be four years from the third Tuesday of January next ensuing his election.

    Limit on Tenure

    They shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the Commonwealth at general elections but shall not be eligible to serve continuously for more than two successive terms.

    Salary

    $158,764

    Qualification age

    The Auditor
    Authority

    The auditor general serves as the commonwealth's fiscal watchdog, ensuring that all state money is spent legally and properly

    Qualifications

    There are no specific qualifications for the Pennsylvania Auditor General

    Election

    The Pennsylvania Auditor General is an elected position in the Pennsylvania state government.

    Term of Office

    The terms of the Auditor General and of the State Treasurer shall each be four years from the third Tuesday of January next ensuing his election.

    Limit on Tenure

    They shall be chosen by the qualified electors of the Commonwealth at general elections but shall not be eligible to serve continuously for more than two successive terms

    Salary

    $158,764

    Qualification age

    Pennsylvania State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    Each House shall have power to determine the rules of its proceedings and punish its members or other persons for contempt or disorderly behavior in its presence, to enforce obedience to its process, to protect its members against violence or offers of bribes or private solicitation, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, to expel a member, but not a second time for the same cause, and shall have all other powers necessary for the Legislature of a free State. A member expelled for corruption shall not thereafter be eligible to either House, and punishment for contempt or disorderly behavior shall not bar an indictment for the same offense.

    Qualifications

    They shall have been citizens and inhabitants of their respective districts one year next before their election (unless absent on the public business of the United States or of this State) and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service.

    Election

    There are 203 members elected to a two-year term, in November of the even numbered years.

    Term of Office

    Representatives for the term of two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    no term limit

    Salary

    $85,339/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Representatives twenty-one years of age

    The State Senate
    Authority

    Each House shall have power to determine the rules of its proceedings and punish its members or other persons for contempt or disorderly behavior in its presence, to enforce obedience to its process, to protect its members against violence or offers of bribes or private solicitation, and, with the concurrence of two-thirds, to expel a member, but not a second time for the same cause, and shall have all other powers necessary for the Legislature of a free State. A member expelled for corruption shall not thereafter be eligible to either House, and punishment for contempt or disorderly behavior shall not bar an indictment for the same offense.

    Qualifications

    They shall have been citizens and inhabitants of their respective districts one year next before their election (unless absent on the public business of the United States or of this State) and shall reside in their respective districts during their terms of service.

    Election

    Term of Office

    Senators shall be elected for the term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    no term lmimit

    Salary

    $85,339/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Senators shall be at least twenty-five years of age

    Pennsylvania State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    shall be the highest court of the Commonwealth and in this court shall be reposed the supreme judicial power of the Commonwealth.

    Qualifications

    A qualified candidate must be a member of the Bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and a citizen of the state.

    Election

    The Pennsylvania Supreme court consists of seven justices each elected to 10-year terms.

    Term of Office

    he/she serves another 10-year term

    Limit on Tenure

    supreme Court justices, like other Pennsylvania judges, are subject to mandatory retirement when they turn 70 years old.

    Chief salary

    $206,000

    Associates salary

    $200,000

    Qualification age

    The Superior Court
    Authority

    It reviews most of the civil and criminal cases that are appealed from the courts of common pleas in the state's 67 counties.

    Qualifications

    a resident of the state for at least one year; a member of the state bar; and under the age of 70

    Election

    Judges of the superior court are chosen in partisan elections to 10-year terms. After serving an initial 10-year term, a judge is then subject to a retention election.

    Term of Office

    The superior court consists of 15 judges who serve 10-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $191,926

    Qualification age

    under the age of 70

    The Commonwealth Court
    Authority

    Cases heard by the Commonwealth Court are generally determined by what the case is about, and the identity of the parties to the lawsuit. This is a different way of determining the type of case heard by an appellate court than in other states, where the distinction is usually between civil matters and criminal matters.

    Qualifications

    A resident of the state for at least one year; a member of the state bar; and under the age of 70

    Election

    Judges of the Commonwealth Court are chosen in partisan elections to 10-year terms.

    Term of Office

    The court is made up of nine judges who serve 10-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $191,926

    Qualification age

    Under the age of 70.

    The Court of Common Pleas
    Authority

    While Pennsylvania has minor courts for summary offenses, small civil claims, and landlord-tenant matters, the primary courts are the Courts of Common Pleas. This is where most misdemeanor and all felony criminal cases are disposed of, where Orphan's Court matters are addressed, and where larger civil cases are originated. Family law matters, such as custody, divorce, and support are also addressed at the primary level under the supervision of the Court of Common Pleas for a county

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Judges are elected to 10 year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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