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Finding Information on the 2018 Election and Candidates

A guide to help students at Penn State Harrisburg vote in the November 6th, 2018 election.

Welcome!

Our next election is Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.

This guide will help you check whether you are registered, find your polling place, gather reliable information about candidates and issues, and know your rights. 

Although this guide is geared toward students voting in the Harrisburg area of Pennsylvania, there are also tips for finding information about elections in other states. 

Click on the links on the left side of this guide to get started!

If you need help, contact Penn State Harrisburg librarian Bernadette Lear or Ask a Librarian

What Offices are on the Ballot in November 2018?

Every election year, you will see different offices on your ballot. This is because state and local elections often occur in different years than national ones. Also, the "terms" (length) of offices vary. In addition, when there are 2 or more officials representing the same jurisdiction (such as U.S. Senators, or Pennsylvania Supreme Court judges) terms are "staggered" so that only half of the seats are open during each election.

Here is the list of offices that people in Pennsylvania elect. The ones we will elect on November 6th, 2018 are in red:

  • U.S. President and Vice-President -- every 4 years -- next election is in 2020
  • U.S. Senators -- every 6 years
    • Next election for "class 1" (Sen. Bob Casey's seat) is November 6th, 2018
    • Next election for "class 2" (Sen. Pat Toomey's seat) is in 2022
  • U.S. Representative -- every 2 years -- next election is November 6th, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Governor and Lieutenant Governor -- every 4 years -- next election is November 6th, 2018
  • Pennsylvania State Senator -- elected in "even" years -- next election is November 6th, 2018
  • Pennsylvania State Representative -- elected every 2 years -- next election is November 6th, 2018
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court Judges -- elected in "odd" years -- next election is in 2019
  • Other Pennsylvania Court Judges -- elected in "odd" years -- next election is in 2019
  • County Commissioners and other county officials -- elected in "odd" years -- next election is in 2019
  • Local Mayors, Supervisors, Councilors, and other officials -- elected in "odd" years -- next election is in 2019
  • Local School Board Directors -- elected in "odd" years -- next election is in 2019

Other states have different schedules for state, county, and local elections. To find them, start with Ballotpedia's Election Calendar. These ballots are not always complete, especially for local offices, but it's a quick way to do a look-up.