Pennsylvania Electoral Resource


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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Pennsylvania Voting 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
Governor Tom  Wolf
Mike Stack
Kathleen Kane,
Hon. Pedro A. Cortés

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Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

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President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
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Pennsylvania US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Pennsylvania. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Pennsylvania's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Pennsylvania: US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Incumbent Republican Senator, Pat Toomey, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Pat Toomey won the election to the United States Senate with 51.0% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Joe Sestak, who came in second with 49.0% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania Att. General race

In 2016, there will be a Att. General race in Pennsylvania. The Incumbent Att. General is running for re-election.

Pennsylvania: Att. General Race - Incumbent (Democrat) Running

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General, Kathleen Kane, is running for re-election to a second term in office. Kathleen Kane won the 2012 elections with 56.1% of the vote against the Republican candidate, David Freed, who came in a distant second with 41.6% of the vote. (see 2012 Election results in Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania 2016 U.S. Representative races

The 2016 United States House of Representatives election will be held in Pennsylvania this election cycle. Of the 18 seats up for election this election cycle, 13 currently held by Republicans, and 5 held by Democrats.

Current Seats Distribution By Party Affiliation In Pennsylvania U.S. House

Congressional DistrictU.S. RepresentativeParty Affiliation

District 1

Representative Brady, Robert A.Democratic

District 2

Representative Fattah, ChakaDemocratic

District 3

Representative Kelly, MikeRepublican

District 4

Representative Perry, ScottRepublican

District 5

Representative Thompson, GlennRepublican

District 6

Representative Costello, Ryan A.Republican

District 7

Representative Meehan, PatrickRepublican

District 8

Representative Fitzpatrick, Michael G.Republican

District 9

Representative Shuster, BillRepublican

District 10

Representative Marino, TomRepublican

District 11

Representative Barletta, LouRepublican

District 12

Representative Rothfus, Keith J.Republican

District 13

Representative Boyle, Brendan F.Democratic

District 14

Representative Doyle, Michael F.Democratic

District 15

Representative Dent, Charles W.Republican

District 16

Representative Pitts, Joseph R.Republican

District 17

Representative Cartwright, MattDemocratic

District 18

Representative Murphy, TimRepublican
Pennsylvania Congressional Districts
Pennsylvania US Districts
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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
State of Pennsylvania Quick Facts
  • Date of Statehood: December 12, 1787
  • Size: 46,055 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Keystone State
  • Tree: Hemlock
  • Flower: Mountain Laurel
  • Bird: Ruffed Grouse
When's The Next Election?
November 8, 2016
In 18 days
Pennsylvania : General election Day
Click here to view Pennsylvania Elections Schedule for 2016

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

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.

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