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It’s the last day to register to vote before Pennsylvania’s May 21 primary

By: - April 22, 2019 11:11 am

It’s the last day to register to vote — or change your address or party affiliation — before Pennsylvania’s May 21 primary.

Today. As in now. April 22, 2019.

The easiest way to register or change your registration is online.

If you’re not a Democrat or Republican, you may be cursing the state’s closed primaries and thinking, “Why should I even bother registering? I can’t vote in the primary!” That’s not correct, if you live in one of the following places that’s hosting a special election on May 21:

  • 12th Congressional District (in Bradford, Centre, Clinton, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union and Wyoming counties)
  • 11th House District (in Butler County)
  • 33rd Senatorial District (Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and York counties) and
  • 41st Senatorial District (Armstrong, Butler, Indiana and Westmoreland counties)

You may also live in a municipality where independents will be asked to weigh in on a question or referendum on May 21. The easiest way to figure out if that applies to you is by checking the sample ballot published by your county elections division or by contacting the office.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote or registered in the right place? You can also check that out online.

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Sarah Anne Hughes
Sarah Anne Hughes

Associate Editor Sarah Anne Hughes covers the governor and Pennsylvania's agencies. Before joining the Capital-Star, she was the state capitol reporter for Billy Penn and The Incline, and a 2018 corps member for Report for America. She was previously managing editor of Washington City Paper, editor-in-chief of DCist, and a national blogger for The Washington Post.