PA Department of State Reminds Candidates of Petition Filing Deadlines for Primary Election

Feb 10, 2012, 10:20 ET from Pennsylvania Department of State

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele today reminded candidates of the fast-approaching deadlines for filing nominating petitions to get on the ballot for Pennsylvania's April 24 primary election.

"Because of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court order regarding the redrawing of state legislative districts, there are two separate deadlines for filing nominating petitions, depending on the office for which a person wishes to run," Aichele said.

Tuesday, Feb. 14 is the deadline for filing nominating petitions for candidates for president of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, attorney general, auditor general, treasurer, and delegate to the Republican or Democratic conventions.

Thursday, Feb. 16 is the deadline to file petitions for senator and representative in Pennsylvania's General Assembly. The deadline was extended for the House and Senate races in the state Supreme Court's recent order remanding the map of state districts to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission. 

Candidates may file petitions in the Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, or by mail at the Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation, 210 North Office Building, Harrisburg, PA  17120. Mailed petitions must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline.

For more information, visit, then click on "Elections", or call 717-787-5280.

Media contact: Ron Ruman, 717-783-1621

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of State