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. Special elections can take place all 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 three empty seats in the PA General Assembly and one in US Congress. The winners will serve until the seats’ regular terms end in 2020.


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.

2019 Special Election Dates
March 12 – PA House, Districts 114 & 190
April 2 – PA Senate, District 37
May 21 – US House, District 12


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-37: The Key to PA Senate

The Special Election for PA Senate District 37 is set for Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Democrat Pam Iovino is running to flip the seat formerly held by Guy Reschenthaler. A win with Pam will give Democrats a crucial vote in Harrisburg and put us in position to flip the PA Senate next year.

Pam is a lifelong public servant. She served in the US Navy for twenty-three years and then as Assistant Secretary for Veterans Affairs.

As a PA Senator, she’ll be a strong ally for Governor Wolf in the fight to raise wages, expand healthcare, secure retirement, and improve our schools.


HD-114: Send a NEPA Nurse to Harrisburg

The Special Election for PA House District 114 is set for Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Democrat Bridget Malloy Kosierowski is running to keep HD-114 blue. She’s a nurse and the mom of a leukemia survivor who sees first-hand how tough raising a family in Northeast PA can be.

Bridget never planned to hold public office, but she’s stepping up and running to fix the issues she sees every day. As a PA Representative, she’ll fight to raise wages, expand healthcare, secure retirement, and improve our schools.


HD-190: A First for Harrisburg

The Special Election for PA House District 190 is set for Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Democrat Movita Johnson-Harrell is running to keep West Philadelphia blue. To do so, she must overcome challenges from two well-connected third-party spoilers.

Having lost a child to gun violence, Movita has spent much of her life advocating for victims of violence. She previously oversaw Victim Services within the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, and she remains a tireless activist for gun safety.

Movita will also bring needed diversity to the legislature. She’ll be one of too few women of color and the first Muslim woman ever to serve in the legislature.


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