WURD on Democracy: Your Vote Matters in 2024


Your Vote Matters. Our Democracy Matters.

WURD on Democracy is WURD Radio’s voter education and engagement initiative focusing on the 2024 elections — national and state, general and primary. Our goal is to ensure that WURD’s audience, which makes up a vital demographic in Pennsylvania, a key swing state, has what they need to make an informed decision. Voter turnout is critically important, and WURD on Democracy encourages everyone to make their voice heard.

Check this page for key voter resources and audio, video and written content from WURD Radio and our partners to help you make your decisions in this year’s elections.

Voter Resources

The Pennsylvania Primaries

Pennsylvania’s primary election takes place April 23. In primary elections, members of a political party choose who they want to run for office during the November general election. If you are registered to vote as a Democrat, you can vote in the Democratic primary. If you are registered as a Republican, you vote in the Republican primary. You must be registered to a specific party in order to vote in the Pennsylvania primary election. 

This year’s primary election features competitive state-level races for attorney general and auditor general. So while all eyes and ears are on November, it’s important for you to make your voice heard in April as well. 


Now is the time to check your voter AND party registration status. The last day to register to be eligible to vote in the primary is April 8. Not registered? Click here to make sure you are eligible to vote on April 23.

Ways to Vote

There are three ways to cast your ballot in the primaries:

  • Vote in person on April 23 – polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Absentee ballots are for those who cannot make it to the voting booth in person
  • Mail-in ballots are available to all eligible voters.

The last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot is April 16.

The General Assembly

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Before casting your ballot, all voters need to be aware of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which consists of the state Senate and the House of Representatives. Members of the Senate are elected every four years, and members of the House are elected every two years. 

Currently, the assembly has 253 seats: 50 in the Senate and 203 in the House. Democrats hold a one-seat majority in the House, and Republicans hold the majority by six seats in the Senate. 

The General Assembly has a vital impact on the lives of Pennsylvania citizens, especially Philadelphians, as they consider and vote on proposals that may even become law. This includes changes in education, affordable housing, crime reduction, cleanliness, and more.

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