About Primary Elections in PA

In a primary election, each political party selects its candidates to run for office during the general election. The candidates who get the highest number of votes in the primary election go on to run in the general election . Voters also vote for their party’s officers during a primary election. 

Who Can Vote in a Primary Election?

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 
  • special election contests held at the same time as a primary election.