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2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Election Voter Guide

Posted on 01/12/23

The City of Philadelphia mayoral municipal election will occur on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Pennsylvania is dedicated to making certain that Philadelphia voters 50-plus know how to register to vote, where to vote in person, what the rules are for mail-in, absentee or early voting, and key dates for voting. 

While AARP Pennsylvania strongly encourages people to get out and vote for the candidates of their choice, we do not have a political action committee for donating to candidates, we do not endorse or oppose candidates or contribute to any candidate or political party.

Our goal for the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Election is simple: to help Philadelphia voters 50+ and their families - in every neighborhood - understand where the candidates for mayor stand on the issues that matter to them so they can make informed decisions while also making certain they have every opportunity to vote.


The Incumbent Democratic Mayor Jim Kenney is term-limited, so he cannot seek reelection to a third term and will not be on the primary ballot. Any Philadelphia City Councilmembers who want to run for the Office of Mayor must resign their Council seats to do so under the “resign to run” provision of Philadelphia’s election law.  

The Pa. Municipal Primary was held on Tuesday, May 16th. The candidates who will appear on the ballot on Nov. 7th are as follows:


  • Former City Councilmember Cherelle Parker


  • Former City Councilmember David Oh

Please check back frequently and stay tuned for more information about the 2023 Philadelphia Mayoral Race and the is most important issues to Philadelphians 50+.


In addition to the Mayor, the Nov. 7, 2023 Municipal Election will decide races for:

  • Sheriff                             
  • Register of Wills             
  • Municipal Court 
  • City Commissioners          
  • City Council                    
  • Court of Common Pleas

All candidates for these races can be found on the Philadelphia Board of Elections Office website


  • Last day to register to vote: Mon., October 23, 2023
  • Last day to apply for a mail-in or absentee or mail-in ballot: Tues., October 31, 2023
  • Last day for the County Board of Elections to receive voted mail-in or absentee ballots: Tues., Nov. 7, 2023 – must be received by 8PM to be counted
  • General Election Day: Tues., Nov. 7, 2023 – polls are open 7AM to 8PM


How do I contact the Philadelphia County Board of Elections?

Address:       City Hall, Room 142
Phone:          215-686-3469 Website:       https://vote.phila.gov/

How do I contact the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office?
Address:       520 N. Columbus Blvd., 5th Floor
Phone:          215-686-1590
Website:       Click here.

How do I find my neighborhood polling place?

Click here to locate your Philadelphia neighborhood polling place. Changes to the official voter registry may not be reflected immediately.

For up-to-date, official polling place locations in Philadelphia County, contact the Philadelphia Voter Registration Office at (215) 686-1590.

Where are Philadelphia’s official mail-in ballot drop boxes located?

Click here for the Philadelphia listing of sites, locations and hours of operation.

Where can I find more information on how to vote?

Click here to visit the Pennsylvania Department of State voting and election information site.

Read AARP Pennsylvania's Poll of 50+ Philadelphia Voters:

AARP Pennsylvania conducted a poll to find out where Philadelphia's 50+ voters stand on the issues surrounding the mayor's race. Click here to read the poll.

Note: Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so check back before you vote. Voters should also visit the state department's voting and elections page for the latest.

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