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Primary Election Preparation – What You Need to Know
Apr 21, 2023

Important Primary Election Dates

The Democratic Party Primary Election is Tuesday May 16, 2023. Voters who are registered Democratic will be asked to choose candidates they want to see on the General Election ballot for November 7. Last day to register to vote is May 1. Independents will not have anything to vote for unless there are ballot referendum questions, but you may change your registration by May 1 to vote in the Democratic Primary Election. US citizens who are currently age 17 but who will turn 18 by November 7 may register to vote now and participate in the May 16 Primary.

Vote-by-mail has proven to be a safe, secure, and easy means to vote for those who have family or work commitments or health issues. Visit HERE to register to vote by mail, which will also sign you up to receive a mail-in ballot prior to the November General Election.  The deadline to register to receive a mail-in ballot is May 9, although you will not want to wait that late to sign up, as receiving and returning the ballot in one week may be challenging. Be sure to use one of the county drop boxes at area libraries starting May 2 rather than the less reliable USPS since your ballot must arrive at Chester County other Services by May 16 to be counted.

A new video detailing the mail-in or absentee ballot steps joins the Voter Services library of informational videos on voting and elections.


Many voters do not have sufficient time or access to declared candidate information to research and make the best informed decisions, which is why the endorsement process is so important to fielding the best possible slate of Democratic candidates for the November election. Nearly 400 Democratic Precinct Committeepersons attended candidate forums for county-wide and judicial offices as well as individual candidate “meet and greet” events to best understand qualifications and electability. At the more local level, each of the 18 area Democratic  Zone organizations also met to endorse and publicize their recommendations for school directors, municipal races, and Magisterial District Judges.

The Chester County Democratic Committee (CCDC) conducted its annual endorsement convention on February 15. At that time, all authorized and confirmed Democratic Committeepersons or their declared proxies received notification and information to attend and cast votes for their preferred candidates, with those receiving 60% of the vote granted CCDC endorsement. This entitles those candidates to advertise the CCDC endorsement along with this designation placed on CCDC documents, website, and social media as well as sample ballots. Of course, voters are encouraged to also do their own candidate research.

It’s important to note that for judicial races as well as school directors, candidates may cross-file on the other party’s ballots as long as they acquire sufficient valid petition signatures from that party’s registered voters. So there are Republican Party candidates on the Democratic Primary Election ballot, hoping to win on both D and R sides and run virtually unopposed in November. This makes the endorsement process much more important, especially for this year’s county Court of Common Pleas judicial races.

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