The Capital-Star’s 2021 Voters’ Guide: Everything you need to know about Pa.’s May 18 election

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 23: Signage at an early voting center on September 23, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minnesota residents can vote in the general election every day until Election Day on November 8. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Sure, the races for Congress, the Governor’s Office and the White House get all the attention, but when they head to the polls on May 18, Pennsylvania voters will be making decisions that will impact them at ground level every day.

County commissioners, township supervisors, school board members are all on the May ballot, along with statewide judicial candidates and some pretty heavy-duty constitutional questions. Add all that up, and there’s nothing “off year” about this election.

An ‘off-year’ election? There’s no such thing for these local officials. 

If you’re confused about any of the above, don’t worry, the Capital-Star’s staff has you covered. We’ve broken down the races for the statewide appellate bench and put together one of our patented explainers about the ballot questions. There’s also a guide on how to vote, and where you can go for resources on those local races that will shape your life.

First up, here’s what you need to know about the 2021 statewide judicial races, from Staff Reporter Stephen Caruso.

Associate Editor Cassie Miller answers your questions about the 2021 primary ballot questions.

And from Staff Reporter Elizabeth Hardison, here’s everything you need to know about casting your ballot in-person, or by mail, in the May 18 canvass.