Special Election Central

Pennsylvania’s 2019 Special Elections

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About Special Elections


What is a Special Election?

A special election is held to fill an elected position that’s vacated prior to the scheduled end of a term, such as when a lawmaker retires or takes higher office. Special elections can happen throughout the year—on any Tuesday at least sixty days after the seat is vacated.

So far in 2019, PA has set special elections to fill six empty seats in the PA General Assembly and one in US Congress. The winners will serve until the seats’ regular terms end in 2020.

With three of the seven elections complete, Democrats are 3/3 in PA special elections:
  • HD-114 (Lackawanna County): Bridget Malloy Kosierowski elected March 12, 2019
  • HD-190 (West Philadelphia): Movita Johnson-Harrell elected March 12, 2019
  • SD-37 (Allegheny & Washington Counties): Pam Iovino elected April 2, 2019


Who can vote in a Special Election?

Any registered voter—regardless of party registration—can vote in special elections held within their district.

Click here to look up your legislative districts and determine whether the 2019 special elections take place in your district.


Where and when can I vote?

If a special election is being held in your district, report to your normal polling place on the day of the special election. Click here to find your polling location.

Voting will be open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM on the day of your special election.

Special Elections on May 21, 2019
US House, District 12
PA Senate, Districts 33 & 41
PA House, District 11


Key Race Details


PA-12: Replacing Tom Marino

The Special Election for Congress, PA-12, takes place the same day as state primary elections: May 21, 2019.

Democrat Marc Friedenberg is running to flip the Congressional seat formerly held by Tom Marino. A win with Marc will expand Democrats’ majority in the US House and give Dems a majority of the seats from PA.

Marc is an assistant teaching professor at Penn State. Before teaching, Marc was an attorney. He protected working Americans and sued Wall Street banks that caused the financial crisis.

Marc was born in northeast Philadelphia, graduated from Council Rock High School in Bucks County, and now live with my wife and two young daughters in State College.


SD-33: A Fresh Voice in South-Central PA

The Special Election for PA Senate District 33 is set for Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Democrat Sarah Hammond is a young, working-class native of Hanover, PA and a recent Slippery Rock graduate. A former machine operator herself, Sarah is running to restore the dignity of work Republicans have stolen from area workers.

In Harrisburg, Sarah will fight to raise minimum wage, foster new jobs and economic investments, and raise the working-class voices Harrisburg so often ignores. Finally, SD-33 workers will have a leader working in their best interests!


SD-41: New Leadership for Rural PA

The Special Election for PA Senate District 41 is set for Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Democrat Susan Boser is running to give West-Central PA the Democratic leadership it has lacked for a generation. She’s dedicated to bringing new opportunity to communities gutted by Republicans’ anti-worker agenda.

Susan will work to secure new investments in schools, job training, infrastructure, and economic development. She’ll also use her twenty years of experience in health services to combat the opioid crisis plaguing our commonwealth.


HD-11: Butler County’s Voice for Workers

The Special Election for PA House District 11 is set for Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Democrat Sam Doctor is running on the loud, clear message that he stands with workers and organized labor in Western PA. He’s working hard to raise minimum wage, strengthen unions, and improve working conditions in hospitals, factories, and other workplaces.

Sam is a worker himself who’s spent most of his life in Butler County. He’ll work hard to connect Democratic progress to the needs and values of rural PA.


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