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Here’s What’s on the Ballot in Central PA on Nov. 3

Here’s What’s on the Ballot in Central PA on Nov. 3

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Today is the last day to register to vote, and in just three weeks voters will go to the polls in arguably the most consequential election in recent history.

Listed below are key races where incumbents face challengers.

On the ballot at the top is the next President of the United States, where incumbent Republican President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence face off against former Vice President Joe Biden and his VP pick, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California.

Jo Jorgensen of the Libertarian Party also will be on the presidential ballot. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins was removed from the ballot by a recent court decision.

Neither of Pennsylvania’s incumbent US Senators are up for re-election this year.

Incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker faces a challenge from Democrat Sarah Hammond. The district in contest covers all of Lancaster County and southern York County.

In 2018 Hammond ran for the Pennsylvania State House, and the state Senate in 2019. Her motto is “Failure is not an option” but, given her last two times on the ballot, seems like failure very much is an option for her.

On the state-level ballot, there is a lot is at stake. Voters will decide on three state executive offices, all 203 House Seats, and 25 out of 50 Senate Seats.

The Senate is currently comprised of 28 Republicans, 21 Democrats, and 1 independent who caucuses with the Republicans.

The House now tallies at 109 Republicans, 93 Democrats, and 1 vacancy. The GOP has held the majority in both the House and Senate since 2011, and the Senate alone since 1994.

Republicans appear to be ready to hold onto their majority, as Democrats need nine seats to achieve the 102 majority in the state House and 4 seats to tie at 25 in the state Senate, and polls indicate that’s too big a gap in both chambers in this election for the Democrats.

At the state level, incumbent Republican State Sen. Scott Martin faces a challenge from Democrat Janet Diaz, while incumbent Republican State Rep. Brett Miller faces a challenge from Michelle Wherley. Both Republicans are expected to win handily.

As for the state executive-level offices, Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro faces Republican Heather Heidelbaugh, while incumbent Democrat Treasurer Joseph Torsella is facing off against Republican Stacy Garrity.

The race for state auditor general is an open race, with Democrat Nina Ahmad and Republican Tim DeFoor, along with Green Party Olivia Faison and Libertarian Party Jennifer Moore vying for the office, left vacant by incumbent Auditor General Eugene DePasquale, who is running for Congress.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3.