Election Day is November 2nd, but the Voter Registration Deadline is October 18th

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Harrisburg, PA – On Nov. 2, Pennsylvania voters will elect judges on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, county Common Pleas Courts and more, including county, school board and local official positions such as mayors, city and borough council members, township commissioners and supervisors, magisterial district judges and precinct election officials.

“I’m not registered to vote. Is it too late?”

No, it’s not too late, but time is running out. Pennsylvanians have until October 18th to register to vote in the upcoming municipal elections on November 2nd.  

“Pennsylvanians can quickly and easily register to vote, check the status of their registration and apply for a mail ballot online at vote.pa.gov,” said Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid.

In addition to applying for a new registration, Pennsylvania’s online voter registration (OVR) site can also be used to update existing voter information, such as a change of name or address.

“I’m new to Pennsylvania. Can I vote on November 2nd?”

It depends. Are you:

A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the election. A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual wants to register and vote for at least 30 days before the election. At least 18 years of age on or before the date of the election. If you answered yes to the above three points of criteria, you’re eligible to register to vote in Pennsylvania, and if you do so by October 18th, you can vote in Pennsylvania on November 2nd.

”Am I already registered to vote?  If so, where do I go on Election Day?”

Voters can use the online system to confirm their registration status prior to the October 18th deadline. The site provides county election office contact information and a polling place locator.

“Does Pennsylvania offer voting by mail?”

Yes, and that’s not all. There are multiple ways for Pennsylvania voters to cast their votes.  Pennsylvania voters have the option of voting by mail, voting now in person by mail ballot, or voting in person on Election Day at the polls, which will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Whichever voting option you choose – by mail, early in person by mail ballot, or at the polls on Election Day – the important thing is to get out and vote,” Secretary Degraffenreid said. “The local officials elected in municipal elections make the decisions that affect voters’ daily lives.”

The Department of State’s website vote.pa.gov also offers printable voter registration applications and tips for first-time voters.

For more information on voter registration, voting and elections call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-868-3772, visit vote.pa.gov or follow along on social media with the hashtag #ReadyToVotePA.