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Deadline to register to vote in Nov. 2 election is Oct. 18

Pennsylvanians can register to vote, check the status of their registration and more online


The deadline for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the Nov. 2 municipal election is Oct. 18.

“All eligible Pennsylvanians who are not yet registered to vote still have time to register and make their voice heard in the Nov. 2 municipal election, but they should not delay,” said Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid. “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.”

In addition to applying for a new registration through the state’s online voter registration site, the OVR system can also be used to update an existing voter record with new information, such as a change of name or address.

Individuals wishing to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election must be:

– 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

Voters are also encouraged to use the online system to confirm their registration status prior to the deadline. The site provides county election office contact information and a polling place locator.

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.

On Nov. 2, Pennsylvania voters will elect judges on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, county Common Pleas Courts and the Philadelphia Municipal Court, as well as county, school board and local officials, such as mayors, city and borough council members, township commissioners and supervisors, magisterial district judges and precinct election officials.

“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,” said Degraffenreid. “The local officials elected in municipal elections make the decisions that affect voters’ daily lives.”

Printable voter registration applications and tips for first-time voters are available online. For more information, visit vote.pa.gov, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-868-3772 or follow along on social media with the hashtag #ReadyToVotePA.

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