Primary 2022: What you need to know about casting a ballot, last-minute mail-ins

It's time to head to the polls or return a mail ballot as Tuesday is the primary in Pennsylvania.

The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mail-in or absentee ballots must be in the hands of the elections office by 8 p.m. Postmarks do not count, and voters must return their own ballots unless they have a disability and a designated agent to submit it.

It is a closed primary, meaning that only voters who are registered Democratic or Republican may vote on candidates in their respective parties. Nominees will advance to the Nov. 8 general election.

Key races include U.S. Senate, Congress, governor, and the General Assembly.

Election 2022:Your guide to the Pennsylvania primary

Where do I vote?

Note your polling place might have changed.

Find where you go to vote:

Voters also can find their polling place using the Pennsylvania Department of State website,

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Who is on the ballot?

Voters will be nominating candidates for U.S. Senate, Congress, governor and lieutenant governor as well as representatives and senators in the Pennsylvania General Assembly.

Some races, such as U.S. Senate, have a number of candidates running on both the Democratic and Republican tickets. Others are uncontested in the primary.

A couple of candidates have announced recently that they are dropping out of the race for governor. However, their names will remain on the ballot.

Here are some of the contested races:

United States Senator

The Democratic candidates are:

  • John Fetterman

  • Malcolm Kenyatta

  • Alex Khalil

  • Conor Lamb

The Republican candidates are:

  • Kathy Barnette

  • Jeff Bartos

  • George Bochetto

  • Sean Gale

  • Dave McCormick

  • Mehmet Oz

  • Carla Sands


Just one Democratic candidate is running for the position: Josh Shapiro.

The Republican candidates are:

  • Lou Barletta

  • Jake Corman

  • Joe Gale

  • Charlie Gerow

  • Melissa Hart

  • Douglas V. Mastriano

  • Bill McSwain

  • Dave White

  • Nche Zama

Jake Corman and Melissa Hart have dropped out of the race and endorsed Lou Barletta. However, their names will remain on the ballot.

Lieutenant Governor

The Democratic candidates are:

  • Austin Davis

  • Brian Sims

  • Ray Sosa

The Republican candidates are:

  • John Brown

  • Jeff Coleman

  • Teddy Daniels

  • Carrie Lewis DelRosso

  • Russ Diamond

  • Chris Frye

  • James Earl Jones

  • Rick Saccone

  • Clarice Schillinger


10th Congressional District

  • Rick Coplen (D)

  • Shamaine Daniels (D)

The district covers all of Dauphin County and parts of York and Cumberland counties.

Representative in the General Assembly

47th District

  • Joe D'Orsie (R)

  • Keith Gillespie (R)

The district covers part of York County. It includes the boroughs of Hallam, Manchester, Mount Wolf and Wrightsville as well as the townships of Conewago, East Manchester, Hellam, Manchester and Springettsbury (PART, Districts 02, 03 and 07).

94th District

  • Wendy Fink (R)

  • Stan Saylor (R)

The district covers part of York County. It includes the boroughs of Delta, East Prospect, Felton, Red Lion, Windsor and Yorkana as well as the townships of Chanceford, Lower Chanceford, Lower Windsor, Peach Bottom, Springettsbury (PART, Districts 01, 04, 05, 06 and 08) and Windsor.

98th District

  • Faith Bucks (R)

  • Lu Ann Fahndrich (R)

  • Tom Jones (R)

The district covers part of Lebanon County. It includes Mount Gretna borough and South Annville and South Londonderry townships.

169th District

  • Kate A. Klunk (R)

  • Matthew Smith (R)

The district covers part of York County. It includes the boroughs of Glen Rock, Hanover, Jefferson, New Freedom and Railroad as well as the townships of Codorus, Manheim, Penn, Shrewsbury and West Manheim.

What if I didn't receive my mail ballot?

If you requested a mail ballot but did not receive it, you may to go your polling place, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

However, you will need to cast a provisional ballot to be reviewed by the county elections board to determine whether it can be counted, the website states.

Where can a drop off my mail ballot?

You can return your mail ballot to your county elections office or a drop box if your county offers one.

York County, for example, is offering a drive-up event from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St. in York.

Another option is to surrender your entire mail ballot packet at your polling place, and vote by regular ballot, according to the Department of State website.

Where to find election results

Local election offices will be posting the results for the county online.

Statewide results will be available online through the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Here's how to find results:

How can I contact my elections office?

Adams County

Director: Angie Crouse

Address: Elections & Voter Registration, 117 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, PA 17325

Phone: (717) 337-9832


Lebanon County

Director: Sean D. Drasher​​​​

Address: Elections & Voter Registration, Municipal Building, Room 209, 400 South 8th St., Lebanon, PA 17042

Phone: (717) 228-4428


York County

​Director: Julie V. Haertsch

Address: York County Administrative Center, 28 E. Market St., York, PA 17401

Phone: (717) 771-9604


This article originally appeared on York Daily Record: Primary Day in Pennsylvania: What you need to know about the polls, last-minute mail ballots