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.

In short, the following offices will be elected in 2018:
  • All Pennsylvania state representatives
  • Some Pennsylvania state senators (check which districts below)
  • Pennsylvania Governor and Lieutenant Governor
  • All Pennsylvania representatives to United States Congress
  • One Pennsylvania senator to United States Congress
For more details on these offices, see the Elective Office Requirements document below.

provides information on how to determine which offices are up for election each year, and an overview of elective office requirements.

In 2018, state filing deadlines for ballot access are as follows:
  • February 13th, 2018 - first day to circulate nomination petitions (for Republicans/Democrats)
  • March 6th, 2018 - last day to circulate nomination petitions (must be turned in to appropriate office by this date)
  • March 7th, 2018 - first day to circulate nomination papers (for third parties/independents)
  • April 16th, 2018 - last day to register Green in order to run in 2018, or register Republican/Democratic to vote in primaries
  • May 15th, 2018 - PRIMARY ELECTION (for Republicans/Democrats, Pennsylvania is closed primary state)
  • August 1st, 2018 - last day to circulate nomination papers (must be turned in to appropriate office by this date)
  • 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 amount of signatures required on your nomination petition and the cost of the filing fee depends on which office you are running for.


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.