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Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 1 and 3)
2000 Census:12,300,670 (4.36% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:21(3.90% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:19(4.37% of 435)
2010 Census:12,734,905 (4.11% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:20(3.72% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:18(4.14% of 435)

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States Alphabetically    Current Pennsylvania Statewide Office Holders

Official Name/Status   All States
 The COMMONWEALTH of Pennsylvania
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Ratified Articles of Confederation: 5 March 1778. this State formally adhered to the Articles on 9 July 1778 when the document was signed by its delegates to the Seventh Continental Congress
 Ratified Constitution of the United States: 12 December 1787
  The 2nd state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Region: Mid-Atlantic
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act: [None. One of the 13 original States which declared their independence from the nascent British Empire on 4 July 1776]
1st (1776-1790) [Adopted: 28 September 1776 Convention convened, 15 July 1776, Ratified: 28 September 1776 not submitted to the People]
2nd (1790-1838) [Adopted: 2 September 1790 Convention convened, 24 November 1789; this Adoption date reflects the date the Convention adjourned sine die after having declared this Constitution in force as a result of first having "shewn the work" to the People and thereafter reconvening on 9 August 1790 to work on suggested amendments before proclaiming this Constitution in force, Ratified: 2 September 1790 The Convention had submitted this 2nd Constitution to the People for purposes of discussion and then recessed on 26 February 1790 but the People were not called upon to ratify it by an actual vote at the polls]
3rd (1839-1873) [Adopted: 22 February 1838 Convention convened, 2 May 1837, Ratified: November 1838 ratified by a vote of 113,971 to 112,759; effective, 1 January 1839]
4th (1874-) [Adopted: 3 November 1873 Convention convened, 12 November 1872, Ratified: 16 December 1873 effective, 1 January 1874 (NOTE: This Constitution was recodified in three stages between 1966 and 1968: the General Assembly drafted two sets of amendments which were approved by the voters on 17 May 1966 and 16 May 1967, respectively; a limited Constitutional Convention then met from 1 December 1967 thru 29 February 1968 to work these 1966 and 1967 amendments- along with any amendments proposed by the Convention- into a recodified document which was approved by the voters on 23 April 1968. However, this recodification of 1968 is not generally considered to be a "5th Constitution" per se )]

Executive Branch   All States
Chief Executive
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor [elected on same ticket with GOVERNOR]
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2021 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2018, 2022. Elected on a ticket with (but nominated separately by partisan primary from) the Governor
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: 2 terms
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024. Term Limit: 2 terms
  Auditor General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2020, 2024

Legislative Branch   All States
Upper House
Lower House
  House of Representatives

Judicial Branch   All States
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate Court
  Superior Court

Local Government
  county [Type: Broad, Executive and Legislative: BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS]
   township [Type: Limited, Executive and Legislative: Board of Supervisors]
Incorporated Municipalities  All States

Statutory Election Information   All States
General Election   All States
  Tuesday next after 1st Monday in November of even-numbered years
[Unconsolidated PA Statutes 25-2751]
Presidential Primary   All States
  at the same time as the State Primary in Presidential Election years (4th Tuesday in April... but see NOTE re: State Primary)
[Unconsolidated PA Statutes 25-2753(a)]
State Primary   All States
  even-numbered years... 3d Tuesday in May of non-Presidential Election years;
4th Tuesday in April of Presidential Election years
[Unconsolidated PA Statutes 25-2753(a)...
(NOTE: the 2000 State Primary [and, by extension (see above), PA's Presidential Primary] was specifically set for 4 April, which was the 1st Tuesday in April of that year, in section 25-2753(b1))]
Polling times   All States
  Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 8 PM local time
[Unconsolidated PA Statutes 25-3045]

Links  Links to other web sites
Constitution    All States
  Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Election Authority
  Pennsylvania Department of State
  Pennsylvania Department of State - Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation - The Pennsylvania Department of State's online voting information center
Legislature    All States
  Pennsylvania General Assembly
  Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  Pennsylvania Senate
  Pennsylvania Democratic Party
  Pennsylvania House Democratic Caucus
  Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus
  Pennsylvania House Republican Caucus
  Pennsylvania Senate Republican News
  Republican Party of Pennsylvania
Third Party
  America First Party of Pennsylvania
  Conservative Party USA Pennsylvania
  Green Party of Pennsylvania
  Libertarian Party of Pennsylvania
  Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
  The Constitution Party of Pennsylvania
  The Pennsylvania Tea Party
  The Unity Party of Pennsylvania
Media & others - State College
  City & State Pennsylvania
  Gettysburg Times
  Jewish Exponent - Philadelphia
  Keystone Report - Pennslyvania - Harrisburg
  Pennsylvania Ballot Access Coalition
  Philadelphia Daily News
  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  Pocono Record - Stroudsburg - Pennsylvania
  Reading Eagle
  The Beaver County Times
  The Citizens Voice - Wilkes-Barre
  The Daily Item - Sunbury
  The Daily Local News - West Chester
  The Daily Pennsylvanian - University of Pennsylvania
  The Herald - Sharon
  The Herald Standard -Uniontown
  The Meadville Tribune - Meadville
  The Mercury - Pottstown
  The Morning Call - Allentown
  The Sentinel - Carlisle - Shippensburg
  The Times-Tribune - Scranton
  Times Leader - Wilkes-Barre
  Times News - Lehighton
  York Daily Record

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