State & Federal Election Information (even years)

This page contains information and resources to help you understand the various opportunities for state and federal elective office in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Your regional or local Green Wave representatives can also give you more information on your specific elective offices.

The following offices will be elected in 2018. Please click on the name of the office below for more information.

In 2018, state filing deadlines for ballot access are as follows:
  • March 7th, 2018 - first day to circulate nomination papers for state legislature
  • March 20th, 2018 - first day to circulate nomination papers for Congress
  • May 15th, 2018 - PRIMARY ELECTION (for Republicans/Democrats, Pennsylvania is closed primary state) - a key day for collecting signatures!
  • August 1st, 2018 - deadline to submit nomination papers to the state Board of Elections
  • October 9th, 2018 - last day to register to vote in the 2018 general election
  • November 6th, 2018 - ELECTION DAY!
Other deadlines (such as campaign finance reports) may be applicable depending on the office you are running for. The number of signatures required on your nomination petition and the cost of the filing fee depends on which office you are running for. 



Signature Requirements for State Senate (by district number; only EVEN districts are holding elections in 2018)

Other Resources:

 Pennsylvania Department of State
provides official information on campaign finance laws for state candidates.

 Federal Election Commission
website provides official information on campaign finance laws for federal candidates. FEC also provides a longer Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees, and has a series of intro videos on YouTube for candidates.