The registration deadline to vote in Pennsylvania’s primary election is fast approaching. Eligible voters must register by next Monday, March 28th.
In order to be eligible to vote in the state of Pennsylvania, you must be a citizen of the United States for a least one month before the election. You must also be a resident of the state of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you wish to register for at least 30 days. You must also be 18 years of age on or before the day of the election. While registering for the primary election, you will be asked to enroll in a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary. Pennsylvania has a Closed Primary, meaning that only registered Republicans can vote for Republican candidates and only registered Democrats can vote for Democratic candidates.
Once you are determined eligible, you may register to vote online, by mail, or in person. You may not register by phone.
If you wish to register online, all forms can be filed through the state’s online voter services at www.register.votespa.com. After you submit your online application, it will be forwarded to the appropriate county voter registration office for processing. If you feel as though you need assistance in navigating the online process of registering to vote, the state of PA offers a video walkthrough that can solve all of your problems. By following the link, the video will guide you through the process, explaining each and every step along the way.
If you wish to register by mail, you can download a Voter Registration Mail Application from the VotesPA How to Register page under “Voter Registration Forms”, or request one to be mailed to you by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that includes your full name, mailing address, and number of forms needed. Once completed, you can mail or personally deliver your application to your County Voter Registration Office. In Blair County, this office is located at 423 Allegheny St. STE 043 Hollidaysburg, PA 16648-2022. If you have any questions, you can contact the office at (814) 693-3150.
If you wish to register in person, there are a number of state government agencies that can handle that. These include:
- Pennsylvania Department of Transporation (PennDOT) offices
- State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
- Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
- County Clerk of Orphans’ Court offices, including each Marriage License Bureau
- Area Agencies on Aging
- Centers for Independent Living
- County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
- Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
- Offices of Special Education
- DA Complementary Paratransit offices
Interested in changing your political affiliation in preparation for the primary election? This can also be done during any variation of voter registration. The online form features a “Change of Party” box that can be selected and changed to your choosing during the registration process. This can be done on physical forms by marking “Change of Party” on Box 2 and by then selecting your preferred party on Box 9.
Unsure of whether you are registered to vote? You can check your voter registration status here by simply entering your county of residence, full name, and date of birth.
If you are a student from the state of Pennsylvania who has moved to a new county or new state in order to attend college, you are still eligible to vote. You have the option to either stay registered and continue to vote from your home address, or you may register at your new place of residence with your on-campus or off-campus address.
Remember, eligible voters in the state of PA must be registered 30 days before the next election; in this case, the primaries. The state deadline for registering to vote in the primary elections is March 28th.