Though the deadline to file in Pennsylvania’s April 24 primary election is fast approaching, two notable Republican presidential candidates are dragging their feet.
Tuesday, Feb. 14 is the deadline for filing nominating petitions for candidates for president of the United States, U.S. Senate, U.S. Congress, attorney general, auditor general, treasurer, and delegate to the Republican or Democratic conventions.
However, some Republican presidential candidates have yet to file, according to Philly.com. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are on the ballot, but former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have not filed for the April 24 primary.
In the article, staff members told the Associated Press that Gingrich and Paul would meet the deadline.
According to a release from Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele’s office, there are different deadlines for federal and state offices.
“Because of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court order regarding the redrawing of state legislative districts, there are two separate deadlines for filing nominating petitions, depending on the office for which a person wishes to run,” Aichele said.
For state office holders, the deadline is Feb. 16. The deadline was extended for the House and Senate races in the state Supreme Court’s recent order remanding the map of state districts to the Legislative Reapportionment Commission.
The release stated that candidates may file petitions in the Keystone Building, 400 North St., Harrisburg, or by mail at:
Bureau of Commissions, Elections, and Legislation
210 North Office Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120
Mailed petitions must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline.
The deadline to register to vote in the primary is March 26. Remember, Pennsylvania is a closed primary state, which means voters may only chose candidates in the party to which they are registered.
For more information, visit www.dos.state.pa.us, then click on “Elections”, or call 717-787-5280.