Election Center 2023 - General

🗳️ General Election Ballot Guide


Read our Press Release to see why we endorse these City Council candidates.


5th Square’s Steering Committee recommends VOTING NO to the retention of Anne Marie B Coyle for Court of Common Pleas. We make this recommendation based on her history of draconian punishments in criminal cases and multiple land use rulings overturning zoning board decisions to block affordable housing.

The Philadelphia Tribune / Coard: Demand Change With Outlandish Judge

📮 Mail Ballot Info

Find Our Endorsements / Recommendation on Your Mail Ballot:

If you haven't received your ballot yet -- check its status here.

Any registered voter may request a mail-in ballot. Request forms must be received by 10/31/23

Your mail ballot must ARRIVE by election day, November 7th to be counted -- you can submit your ballot at any drop box by 8 PM on November 7th, or mail it up until November 1st.

You can also register to vote or update your voting address online.  (Last day to register is 10/23/23)


  • Use the secrecy envelope
  • Sign and date the declaration outside the return envelope

Still have you mail ballot and want to vote in person?

  • Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. You can then vote a regular ballot.
  • If you don't surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can vote by provisional ballot at your polling place.

📋 Questionnaire Responses

We asked candidates running for Mayor and City Council questions related to our 2023 Issue Platform, focusing on:

  • Roadway Safety
  • Public Space
  • Transportation & Transit
  • Housing & Land Use

Thank you to all of the candidates who took the time to complete our questionnaire. Candidate responses are listed below, alphabetical by last name, and are published upon receipt.

For questionnaire responses from the primary election, see this page.


Philadelphia City Council

(✅ Endorsed Candidates, Incumbents marked with *)


Nina Ahmad (D)

✅ *Kendra Brooks (WFP)

✅ *Katherine Gilmore Richardson (D)

✅ Rue Landau (D)

Drew Murray (R)

✅ Nicolas O’Rourke (WFP)

✅ *Isaiah Thomas (D)

District 3 [MapIncumbent: Jamie Gauthier

✅ *Jamie Gauthier (D)

District 7 [MapIncumbent: Quetcy Lozada

✅ *Quetcy Lozada (D)

District 9 [MapIncumbent: Anthony Phillips

✅ *Anthony Phillips (D)


📅 Important Election Dates

10/23/2023 Last day to REGISTER before the November election
10/31/2023 Last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot
11/ 7/2023 Last day for County Boards of Elections to receive voted mail-in and civilian absentee ballots (8:00 PM)

📫 How to Vote By Mail

Any registered PA voter can request a mail-in ballot for any reason: either online (need PA ID) or by mail.

You can also register to vote or update your voting address online.


🗺️ Find Your District

Not sure which district you live in?

• Look up your elected officials using your home address

• Maps of Philadelphia City Council Districts


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