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Central Pa. voter guide: Sample ballots, candidate interviews and comparisons

Written by Lisa Wardle, Digital Manager | Nov 6, 2018 12:43 PM
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Here are some resources to help you head to the polls informed this Election Day.

When to vote, where to go and what to bring

The polls open from 7am to 8pm. If you are in line at the time the polling location is set to close, however, stay in line because you are still entitled to vote.

Not sure where to vote? The Department of State has an online tool that lets you input your address to find the correct polling place.

If this is the first time you will be voting at your polling location, you will be asked to present an ID. Acceptable forms of ID for first-time voters include a driver's license; passport; military, student or employee ID; voter registration card; firearm permit; current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government check; or any ID issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or United States government. Non-photo IDs must have your address.

If you encounter problems while trying to vote or notice suspicious activity at your polling location, the Department of State's Bureau of Election can be reached at 1-877-868-3772. You can also submit an online complaint or contact your County Board of Elections at votespa.com/county.

Research the candidates

Not sure which districts you live in? Click here to search by address for your current legislators and their districts.

Listen to Smart Talk candidate interviews

WITF's Smart Talk interviewed candidates running for governor, U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania's 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th congressional districts. Click here to listen to them.

Read some articles:

Where Pennsylvania's candidates for governor stand on issues

Casey and Barletta: Where they stand on the issues

Perry, Scott square off on immigration, international trade and other issues

Smucker, King have divergent visions for 11th district

12th district unlikely to feel 'blue wave' despite strong challenger

Voters to choose between two first-time candidates in 13th district

Statewide voter guide

Input your address in WHYY's voter guide to view a sample ballot and compare candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, state senate and state house. If there are any ballot measures for your region, those will also be included on the sample ballot.

You can use this tool to have a sample ballot texted, emailed or printed out for your convenience on Election Day.

Voter guides by county

Adams County voters guide from The Evening Sun

Read Q&As with candidates from the 11th and 13th congressional districts; 28th state senate district; and the 91st, 169th and 193th state house districts.

Berks County election coverage from The Reading Eagle

Learn about who is on the ballot for governor; U.S. Senate; U.S. House in the 4th, 6th and 9th congressional districts, plus special elections in the 7th and 15th congressional districts; the 24th and 44th state senate districts; and the 127th, 128th, 129th, 134th and 187th state house districts.

Cumberland County voters guide from The Sentinel

Compare candidates on the ballot for governor; U.S. Senate; 10th and 13th congressional districts; 30th state senate district; and the 86th, 87th, 88th, 92nd, 193rd and 199th state house districts.

Dauphin County voters guide from PennLive

Compare candidates on the ballot for governor, lieutenant governor and U.S. Senate, as well as most congressional races, state senate races and state house races across Pennsylvania.

Franklin County election coverage from The Public Opinion

Read about the Learn who is on the ballot for the 30th state senate district, 78th and 82nd state house districts.

Lancaster County voters guide from Lancaster Online

Compare candidates on the ballot for governor and lieutenant governor; U.S. Senate; 11th congressional district; 36th state senate district; and the 13th, 37th, 41st, 43rd, 97th, 98th, 99th, 100th, 128th and 129th state house districts.

Find answers to frequently asked questions, view the breakdown of registered voters in each region. 

York County voters guide from The York Dispatch

Find polling locations, see a sample ballot and find answers to frequently asked questions. You can also read about the candidates on the ballot for governor; 10th and 11th congressional districts; 28th and 48th state senate districts; and the 47th, 92nd, 93rd, 94th and 169th state house districts.

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