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November 6, 2012

Local election guide



Contact your county Board of Elections. The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Information Center also provides election information. Call toll-free: (800) 692-7281 or Smart Voter at:



The material in this guide was compiled by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund. This material may not be altered or reprinted without the permission of the League. Each candidate’s reply has been printed as submitted, except to use standard abbreviations and by editing from the bottom when a candidate’s reply exceeded the word limit. The candidates listed are those whose names appear on the ballot as of Sept. 5, 2012, and they are listed according to their ballot order.




The purpose of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund is to promote political responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in government. The League is nonpartisan: It does not support or oppose any political parties or candidates. Nothing in this guide should be construed as an endorsement of any candidate by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania-Citizen Education Fund.


Information for write-in voting will be available at the polling place



If your right to vote is challenged at the polls on Election Day and the problem cannot be resolved at the polling place, the judge of elections at the polling place should telephone the county Board of Elections. The problem could be resolved by phone if your name appears on the county records. If it does not and you want to try to resolve the problem, then you can go in person to the county Board of Elections where a judge from the Court of Common Pleas will be on duty to resolve election problems. Alternatively you can ask for and vote by provisional ballot. If it is later determined that you were eligible to vote, your ballot will be counted. You will be given instructions on how to determine if your vote was counted.





Pennsylvania courts have delayed full implementation of the voter ID law until after the Nov. 6 election. Poll workers will still ask voters for a photo ID under the former first-time voter’s law, but no voter will be prohibited from voting if they don’t have one.



The Voters Guide and other useful information for voters can be found on the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Homepage:



As of the publication date of this guide, the slate of candidates listed below is accurate based upon the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Elections unofficial ballot.


United States


Duties: The President is the head of state of the United States of America and is the chief executive officer and commander in chief of all military forces. The powers of the president are described in the Constitution and federal law. The President appoints the members of the Cabinet, ambassadors to other nations, and the United Nations, Supreme Court justices, and federal judges, subject to Senate approval. The president, along with the Cabinet and its agencies, is responsible for carrying out and enforcing the laws of the United States. The president may also recommend legislation to the United States Congress.

Every four years, political parties nominate candidates to run for president of the United States in a general election that is held on the first Tuesday in November of years divisible by the number four. Although all parties use conventions to nominate their candidates, in most states the Democratic and Republican parties also run state-wide primary elections. The results of the primary influence how the delegates to their respective party’s convention will cast ballots for candidates for president. The degree to which the result of the primary election influences the votes of delegates at conventions varies from state to state.

Term: Four years. Limit of two terms.

Base Salary: $400,000 per year.

Note: The candidate must have made a public announcement of her/his intention to run for her/his party’s nomination for president; and the candidate must meet the Presidential Election Campaign Fund Act’s minimum contribution threshold requirements for qualifying for matching funds, based on the most recent data publicly available on the FEC website.

(Vote for One)


Presidential candidate information below was provided by the candidates to

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