The 2018 midterm elections are here and this is what you need to know if you plan on going out to vote today. In Pennsylvania poles are open from 7PM until 8PM and identification is required the first time you cast a ballot at a new polling place or if you have not voted in at least 5 years. So if you’ve moved into a different district or have never voted in Pennsylvania you are required to show valid identification. Photo ID includes Driver’s Licenses, PennDOT ID cards and United States Passports; Military, Student, and Employee IDs with photographs are also acceptable. Non-Photographic ID includes a valid firearm permit; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or a government check that includes your name and address. If you cannot provide valid ID you still have the right to cast a provisional ballot. If you are not sure where you polling location is; you can find out by calling your county election office or visiting votespa.com.
The two biggest statewide elections today are for the office of Governor and the US Senate. In the Governor’s race Democratic Incumbent Tom Wolf is running alongside John Fetterman, he faces Republican Scott Wagner who’s running mate is Jeff Bartos, and Libertarian Candidate Ken Crawchuck running with Kathleen Smith. In the United States Senate race Democrat Bob Casey Jr defends his seat against Republican Lou Barletta. In the race for the US House of representatives we are covering 2 districts, PA 15 and 16. In the 15th District its a three way race Democrat Susan Wild, Republican Marty Nothstein, and Libertarian Tim Silfies. PA 16 has incumbent Congressman Mike Kelly against Democrat Ron Dinicola and Libertarian Ebert Beeman.