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2022 Midterm Elections: What you need to know for voting in Pennsylvania

One of the biggest Senate races is taking place in the commonwealth with big political figures flying into the state to make their final pleas before election night.

Update:
President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama attend a campaign for Democratic  senatorial candidate John Fetterman and nominee for Pennsylvania governor Josh Shapiro in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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On Saturday three presidents, one sitting and two former. arrived in Pennsylvania to resume campaigning in a crucial Senate race. Joe Biden and Barack Obama addressed a rally for their Senate candidate John Fetterman as well as gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro.

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“Here in Philadelphia, a place that defines the soul of America, today we face an inflection point,” Mr Biden said.

On the same night Donald Trump hosted a rally for the GOP.

“If you want safety and security for your family, you need to vote every single Democrat out of office,” he said.

“There’s only one choice - if you support the decline and fall of America then you must vote for the radical Democrats. If you want to stop the destruction of our country then you must vote Republican in a giant red wave.”

Key midterm races in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s vacant Senate spot sees Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman face off against Dr. Oz, a Trump-endorsed former TV show personality. Dr. Oz has reduced the deficit from 12 points in August to just 0.4 points in early November, but has suffered a knock in recent days after Oprah Winfrey, upon whose show he rose to fame, came out in support of Fetterman.

The governorship is also being decided. Democrat Josh Shaprio won the Democrat primary unopposed while his opponent Doug Mastriano has been criticised for a number of racist comments towards Jews and Muslims. He is very much on the far-right of the Republican party spectrum.

There are 18 representatives for the House. In the last election, there was a straight 50-50 split between Republicans and Democrats.

How can I vote in New Mexico’s midterm elections?

It is possible to vote by mail, but you will need to have already requested a mail ballot. These need to be received by 8 November so probably a good idea to get them sent ASAP.

In terms of in-person voting, if you’ve voted at your polling place before, you don’t need to show ID to vote.

If you’re a first-time voter, or if you moved within Pennsylvania and are voting for the first time at a new polling place, you must show ID to vote. Acceptable forms include:

  • Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card
  • ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government
  • US passport
  • US military ID
  • student ID
  • employee ID
  • confirmation issued by the County Voter Registration Office
  • non-photo ID issued by Pennsylvania or the US government
  • firearm permit
  • copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or a government check that includes your name and address