Ever think about running for office? Start with a neighborhood-level race. Election Officers (poll workers) are on the ballot in 2017 and committeepeople (local party representatives) in 2018. Download Seventy's Philadelphia's 2015-2025 Election Schedule to track other upcoming elections.
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 -- are on the ballot in 2017. 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.
How to Run for Committeeperson:
Members of the Ward Executive Committee, better known as committeepeople, are party positions that were elected in the May 2014 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.
Committeeperson elections are coming up in May 2018. 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. Philadelphia 3.0, a nonpartisan political organziation, can also provide guidance.
Resources are also available from the following agencies:
- Philadelphia County Board of Elections
- Philadelphia Board of Ethics (Guide to Complying with Campaign Finance Law)
- Pennsylvania Department of State
Click here for information on judicial elections from Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog for the judicial system. Judicial candidates are strongly advised to review the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania's Code of Judicial Conduct. Seats on local- and state-level courts were on the ballot in 2015 and won’t be again until 2017.
DAL Services, Inc. provides a free tool, the Pennsylvania Political Campaign Management Database (PPCM) that can help candidates stay organized and efficient while running their campaigns. The tool is free for anyone to use and DAL Services will provide free technical assistance and support for any candidate using the program. (Please note that DAL Services charges for some campaign related services.)