Voting is one of the greatest opportunities a Pennsylvania resident has to shape local, state, and Federal governments. Below are various links that individuals can use to get involved with the voting process.
Can I Vote in Pennsylvania?
To register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
- Be a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
- Be at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
Registering to Vote
There are four easy ways to register to vote or update your voter registration in Pennsylvania. Please follow this link to learn How to Register to Vote.
If you want to register to vote online please follow the direct link to Voter Registration.
The polling place for the New Florence borough is:
New Florence Volunteer Fire Department
177 13th Street, New Florence, PA 15944
Poll Worker Positions
The three positions that make up the local election board in each precinct are the Judge of Elections, the Majority Inspector, and the Minority Inspector. These positions are filled during municipal elections every four years. The last time these elections took place was 2017, and the next time will be in 2021. The local election board is supported by the Clerk and Machine Inspector (also known as Machine Operator). Unlike the elected positions, these positions are always filled by appointment. If you would like to work at the polling place please contact the Westmoreland County Election Office at 724-830-3150 or follow the Be-a-Poll-Worker link.
Running for Office
The New Florence mayor is elected to a four year term. The borough council members are elected to four year terms also. The council seats are split with three seats in one group and four seats in the other. This provides an overlap of terms for continuity purposes. Individuals interested in running for office can contact the Westmoreland County Election Bureau. Here you can learn how to have their name added to the May primary election ballot. It simply requires filing a petition with at least ten signatures. Petition packets are available for individuals. You can access the Westmoreland County Election Bureau website for more information on Running for Office. There are numerous links on the website to help you navigate the process. You can also contact them at (724) 830-1150.
Official voting results for Westmoreland County can be viewed at Election Results online. The reports on the website will have all results for all districts within the county. You can search within the reports for the New Florence precinct. The documents below are excerpts from the official results containing only the New Florence precinct for several pass elections. The excerpts are:
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.“ –Franklin D. Roosevelt
“We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.” – Thomas Jefferson
“I never voted for anybody. I always voted against” – comedian W.C. Fields