Pennsylvania’s candidate nominating petitions are getting a facelift. The Department of State is taking the process into the 21st century with new petition forms meant to streamline form submission and review. Candidates will be able to fill out their information in the preamble before printing them and will be issued a unique barcode. Previously, candidates and campaign staffers had to individually fill out each form or have them photocopied. Candidates still need to have their signatures completed in hard copy and then have those forms notarized, but a new QR code on the form will allow the Department to count the signatures electronically.
The new forms will be available online within the next week or two, according to Department of State spokesman Ron Ruman. They will print out on 8.5 by 11 inch paper.
“Pages will still be manually reviewed but this process will be much more efficient for candidates as well as Department of State workers,” Ruman said. “We encourage candidates to use this system. “
Old, hard copy forms are still available and accepted.