Candidates seek signatures during ‘petition season’

Written by on February 17, 2021

Candidates seek signatures during ‘petition season’

By Genesis Ortega

February 17, 2021

This week marks the official start of election season in Pennsylvania. Candidates can now circulate petitions to get on the primary election ballot for this year’s municipal races.

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Anyone running for elected office in Pennsylvania needs to obtain signatures before getting on the May 18 ballot

The Department of State requires political candidates to collect a certain number of signatures from eligible voters. That number varies based on the size of the district. 

During this three week period, also known as “petition season,” candidates typically go door to door. They hold “petition parties” and try to persuade voters to support them. 

But this year presents new challenges. It’s the first time some candidates will need to obtain signatures in a pandemic. 

The Department of State recommends not only masks, but social distancing and use of hand sanitizer. They’ve asked candidates to consider providing a fresh petition page to each signer and asking everyone to use their own pens. 

All candidates must file their petitions in Harrisburg by 5 p.m. March 9 to ensure a spot on the May ballot. 

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