Election 2020: Monday, Oct. 19 is the last day to register to vote in Pa. What you need to know

By: - October 19, 2020 6:30 am

If you plan on voting in the presidential election in Pennsylvania, today is your last day to register. 

In order to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3 election, Pennsylvanians must be registered to vote. 

You’re eligible to vote in Pennsylvania if you are:

  • At least 18 years old on Election Day 
  • A US citizen for at least 30 days prior to Election Day
  • A Pa. resident (and a resident of your election district) for at least 30 days prior to Election Day

If you would like to register to vote, fill out this application on the Pennsylvania Department of State website. You must have a social security number or a Pennsylvania driver’s license. 

You can also register in person at your county election office. Some counties also run satellite offices where you can register to vote, but their hours and services vary wildly – check our map to see if there’s an officer near you that’s offering voter registration today.

If you are unsure of your voter registration status, click here.

You can also use the link to update your registration to reflect changes in your name, address, or party affiliation. While party affiliation does not control who you may vote for in the general election, it does matter during the primary election. 

Another deadline is quickly approaching. If you are planning on voting by mail, Oct. 27 is the last day to request a mail-in ballot. Every registered voter in Pennsylvania is eligible. Just submit this application on the Pennsylvania Department of State website. You can also request a mail-in ballot in-person at your county election office or at a satellite voting site.

If you need more information regarding the upcoming election, the Capital-Star’s guide has everything you need to prepare to cast your ballot either in person or by mail on Nov. 3.

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