November General Election (sample ballots)
If you are voting in Pennsylvania for the first time or if you are voting at a new polling place, you must bring photo or non-photo ID.
You can use this form to find your polling location, and you can use the sample ballots below to become familiar with the candidates on your party's ballot. In this election, Wayne County will be choosing Judge of the Superior Court, County Commissioners and Auditors along with the rest of the row officers such as the District Attorney, Coroner, Sheriff, Treasurer, Prothonotary, and Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds. Voters will also elect representatives to their local school boards, borough councils and township boards of supervisors among other local posts.
The General Election Ballot also includes retention elections for Superior and Commonwealth Court Judges and proposed Constitutional Amendment regarding Crime Victims Rights. The amendment is explained as follows:
Plain English Statement of the Office of Attorney General
The proposed amendment, if approved by the electorate, will add a new section to Article I of the Pennsylvania Constitution. That amendment will provide victims of crimes with certain, new constitutional rights that must be protected in the same way as the rights afforded to individuals accused of committing a crime.
The proposed amendment defines "victim" as both a person against whom the criminal act was·committed and any person who was directly harmed by it. The accused or any person a court decides is not acting in the best interest of a victim cannot be a victim.
Generally, the proposed amendment would grant victims the constitutional right to receive notice and be present and speak at public proceedings involving the alleged criminal conduct. It would also grant victims the constitutional right to receive notice of any escape or release of the accused and the right to have their safety and the safety of their family considered in setting the amount of bail and other release conditions. It would also create several other new constitutional rights, such as the right to timely restitution and return of property, the right to refuse to answer questions asked by the accused, and the right to speak with a government attorney.
Specifically, the proposed amendment would establish the following new rights for victims:
To be treated with fairness and respect for the victim's safety, dignity and privacy
- To have the safety of the victim and the victim's family considered in fixing the amount of bail and release conditions for the accused
- To reasonable and timely notice of and to be present at all public proceedings involving the criminal or delinquent conduct
- To be notified of any pretrial disposition of the case
- With the exception of grand jury proceedings, to be heard in any proceeding where a right of the victim is implicated, including, but not limited to, release, plea, sentencing, disposition, parole and pardon
- To be notified of all parole procedures, to participate in the parole process, to provide information to be considered before the parole of the offender, and to be notified of the parole of the offender
- To reasonable protection from the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused
- To reasonable notice of any release or escape of the accused
- To refuse an interview, deposition or other discovery request made by the accused or any person acting on behalf of the accused
- Full and timely restitution from the person or entity convicted for the unlawful conduct
- Full and timely restitution as determined by the court in a juvenile delinquency proceeding
- To the prompt return of property when no longer needed as evidence
- To proceedings free from unreasonable delay and a prompt and final conclusion of the case and any related postconviction proceedings
- To confer with the attorney for the government
- To be informed of all rights enumerated in this section
The proposed amendment would allow a victim or prosecutor to ask a court to enforce these constitutional rights but would not allow a victim to become a legal party to the criminal proceeding or sue the Commonwealth or any political subdivision, such as a county or municipality, for monetary damages.
Once added to the Pennsylvania Constitution, these specific rights of victims cannot be eliminated, except by a judicial decision finding all or part of the amendment unconstitutional or the approval of a subsequent constitutional amendment. If approved, the General Assembly may pass a law to implement these new, constitutional rights, but it may not pass a law eliminating them. If approved, State and local governments will need to create new procedures to ensure that victims receive the rights provided for by the amendment.
Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm on Election Day. If you are in line before or at the time the polls close, you will be allowed to cast your vote. If you have a question, ask a poll worker.
If your name is not in the voter roster and you believe you registered to vote in your precinct, you may have the right to vote on a provisional ballot. Your vote will count if election officials determine that you are eligible to vote.
If you are away from home on Election Day, you may be able to vote by absentee ballot.