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Get Ready to Vote in PA Primaries

“While the Chester County Food Bank does not endorse candidates or political parties, we do advocate for every American’s right to vote,” said Larry Welsch, Executive Director of the Food Bank. “We feel that this effort is important to help us achieve our mission to ‘mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.”

Primary elections in Pennsylvania are held on the third Tuesday of May in most years. In presidential years, the primary election is held on the fourth Tuesday of April.  In Pennsylvania, you can only vote for the candidates in the same political party you have named in your voter registration. For example, if you registered to vote as a member of the Republican Party then you can vote in the Republican primary, but not the Democratic primary. All voters can vote on constitutional amendments, ballot questions, and any special election contests held at the same time as a primary election.

2019 #PAPrimary Election Important Dates

APRIL 22  You must be registered to vote 29 days before the election, so April 22 is last day to register to vote for the May 21st Primary.

MAY 14      Last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot |

MAY 17      Voted absentee ballots must be received by the County by 5pm |

MAY 21      Primary Election Day: Polls are open 7am to 8pm |


In this primary, candidates for the November 5th Municipal Election will be selected, offices include:


District Attorney
Recorder of Deeds
Register of Wills
Judge of the Court of Common Pleas
Magisterial District Judge


Justice of the Supreme Court
Judge of the Superior Court
Judge of the Commonwealth Court

Want to learn moreSign up for our newsletter and stay connected. You can also donate foodfunds and time to help us achieve our mission. Call 610-873-6000 to speak to someone about getting involved or requesting a tour. Thanks to you, we’re growing a healthier community.

The Chester County Food Bank is the central hunger relief organization serving more than 120 food cupboards, meal sites and social service organizations throughout Chester County. We mobilize our community to ensure access to real, healthy food.