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Deadline to register to vote in May primary approaching

Pennsylvanians who want to vote in the primary need to be registered by April 16

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Time is running out for Pennsylvanians to register to vote if they plan to vote in the May primary.

Monday, April 16th is the deadline to register to vote in the May primary election.

On May 15, primary voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose the two parties’ nominees for U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, representatives in Congress, half of state senators, all representatives in the General Assembly and members of the state and county party committees. In addition, all registered voters who reside in the 48th, 68th, and 178th legislative districts will be able to vote in the special elections being held on May 15 to fill vacancies in those districts.

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres is encouraging Pennsylvanians to make use of the state's Online Voter Registration site. Eligible citizens can use the website to register to vote for the first time or update an existing registration with a change of name, address, or party affiliation.

Even applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card may complete their registration online, thanks to a feature that allows users to easily upload a digital copy of their signature.
Individuals wishing to register to vote in the May 15 primary must be:
  • A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the primary.
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register and vote for at least 30 days before the primary.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the date of the primary.
In addition to using the OVR site, eligible voters can register by mail or apply in person at a county voter registration office; county assistance offices; Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices; PennDOT photo and drivers license centers; Armed Forces recruitment centers; county clerk of orphans’ courts or marriage license offices; area agencies on aging; county mental health and intellectual disabilities offices; student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education; offices of special education in high schools; and Americans with Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.

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