April 21 is Deadline to Register to Vote in Pennsylvania Primary

HARRISBURG – Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele has reminded Pennsylvanians that April 21, is the last day to register to vote for the May 20 primary election.

In the primary election, voters will nominate candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. House of Representatives, state House and Senate, and will elect members to Republican and Democratic state committees.

“There are many resources available to help citizens register and vote in these important contests,” Aichele said. “Voters can visitwww.VotesPA.com to check their registration status, download a voter registration form and find information on their polling place.”

Applications from Pennsylvanians registering for the first time, changing their address or changing their party affiliation must be postmarked or delivered to the applicant’s county board of elections by the close of business on Monday, April 21.

Individuals must be registered and enrolled in a major political party to vote in that party’s primary. Electors wishing to vote in a party’s primary who are not currently registered with one of the major parties must register by April 21 as either a Democrat or Republican in order to participate in the May 20 primary.

Individuals applying to register to vote for the 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; and
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the primary.

Residents may apply in person at a county voter registration office; the state departments of Public Welfare or Health; PennDOT photo and driver license centers; Armed Forces recruitment centers; county clerk of orphan’s courts or marriage license centers; 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 complimentary paratransit providers.

For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit www.VotesPA.com.

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