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Want to vote in this year’s municipal elections? The last day to register is Oct. 7

By: - September 30, 2019 12:23 pm

To vote in the 2019 municipal elections, you must be registered by next Monday, Oct. 7.

You can register to vote online here. Or, you can register in person at your county election office or by printing out this form, and mailing it or hand-delivering it to your county election office.

If you do not want to register online or lack access to a printer, you can also register at any of the below locations: 

  • County assistance offices
  • Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices
  • PennDOT photo and driver’s 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
  • Americans with Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.

After successfully registering, you will receive confirmation of the application by mail. If you do not receive confirmation within 14 days of submission, contact your county voter registration office.

Check to see if you are registered to vote here

To register to vote, you must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen for at least one month, a Pennsylvania resident, and resident of the district for at least 30 days.

The election is Nov. 5.

If you will need to vote absentee, you can apply online here. A PennDOT driver’s license or ID number is required to apply online. 

You can also mail in an application by printing out this form and sending it to your county election office.

Because of the tight timeline in state law, the Department of State is advising voters to get in an application for an absentee ballot as soon as possible. Applications to vote absentee must be received by your county elections office by the Tuesday before Election Day, or Oct. 29 this year, the agency said in a statement Monday.

Your absentee ballot will only be counted if it is received by the county election office by 5 p.m. the Friday before Election Day, or Nov. 1. A postmark does not count.

This November’s elections will decide borough, city, and county council members as well as row officers for municipalities across Pennsylvania — including Philadelphia’s mayoral race.

There will also be statewide judicial races, including to fill two open seats on the state Superior Court, which handles criminal appeals.

The candidates are Republicans Megan McCarthy King and Christylee Peck and Democrats Daniel McCaffery and Amanda Green-Hawkins. The top two vote-getters will sit on the bench.

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There will also be retention elections — or non-partisan, straight yes or no votes — for four statewide appeals judges.

They include the Superior Court’s Anne Lazarus and Judith Olson and the Commonwealth Court’s Paul Kevin Brobson and Patricia McCullough. The Commonwealth Court handles all other cases, except criminal appeals.

The judgments of both courts can only be overruled by the state Supreme Court.

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Stephen Caruso
Stephen Caruso

Stephen Caruso is a former senior reporter with Pennsylvania Capital-Star. Before working with the Capital-Star he covered Pennsylvania state government for The PLS Reporter.