PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania CPAs wanted to cut through the political rhetoric and develop a nonpartisan election guide to help voters make informed decisions prior to the May 15 primary election. The guide, produced by the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs (PICPA), covers gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congressional, and Pennsylvania Senate and House candidates and their positions. It can be found at picpa.org/voterguide.
Pennsylvania holds closed primary elections, meaning only those registered with a party may vote for that party’s candidates. The candidates who receive the highest number of votes in the primary election will be the nominee representing their respective party on the November election ballot. To check your registration status or to find your polling place, visit votesPA.com.
In addition to the gubernatorial race, all 203 House seats and one half of the 50 Senate seats in the General Assembly are up for election this year. Also, all 18 of Pennsylvania’s seats in the U.S. Congress are up for election. Sen. Bob Casey (D) is running unopposed in the primary. He will face the winner of the Republican race between U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta and state Rep. Jim Christiana.
This is the first time the PICPA has prepared this type of resource and hopes this guide will help CPAs and the general public find all the information they need in one place. As Peter Calcara, PICPA’s vice president – government relations, says, “elections matter, and your vote matters.”