Ever think about running for office? Start with a neighborhood-level race. Election Officers (poll workers) are next on the ballot in 2021 and committeepeople (local party representatives) in 2022. Download Seventy's Philadelphia's 2015-2025 Election Schedule.
How to Run for Committeeperson:
Members of the Ward Executive Committee, better known as committeepeople, are party positions that were elected in the May 2018 Primary Election. A committeeperson is his or her political party’s representative in each division. Committeepeople serve as a point of contact between the voters in a division and elected officials and their political party. Committeepeople are considered party officers – not public officials or government employees. (Learn more about the ward system.)
Committeeperson elections will occur in May 2022. Download Seventy's "How to Run for Committeeperson" manual. Interested individuals may find helpful information on the job of a committeeperson and running for the position from their local ward leader or incumbent committeepeople.
How to Run for Election Officer:
In Pennsylvania, three of the five people who run each polling place on Election Day are elected officials themselves. These positions -- the Judge of Election or Inspectors of Election -- will next be on the ballot in 2021. See below for information on appointed Clerk and Machine Inspector positions. For information about running for Election Officer, download Seventy's"How to Run for Election Officer" manual and visit the city's election website, PhiladelphiaVotes.com.
Individuals interested in serving as a Clerk in their division should contact their neighborhood Minority Inspector. As an elected Election Officer, the Minority Inspector appoints the Clerk for their Election Board prior to each election. A list of incumbent Minority Inspectors is available online.
The City Commissioners appoint Machine Inspectors for divisions where a Judge of Election is unable to do so. Unlike the other Election Board positions, Machine Inspectors must only be a registered voter in the county. Submit your information online if interested in serving in this position.
Resources are also available from the following agencies:
- Philadelphia County Board of Elections
- Pennsylvania Department of State
- Philadelphia Board of Ethics
Find information on judicial elections from Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog for the judicial system. Candidates are strongly advised to review the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania's Code of Judicial Conduct. Open seats on local- and state-level courts are on the ballot in odd-numbered years.