FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2019
Voter Registration Deadline for
November Election Is Oct. 7
and check registration status online at votesPA.com
PA – Acting
Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded Pennsylvanians they have one
week left to register to vote in the Nov. 5 municipal election. She
encouraged citizens to take advantage of quick and convenient online voter registration (OVR).
Pennsylvania residents have until Monday, Oct. 7, to apply for a new voter
registration or make changes to their existing registration. They can check their registration status at votesPA.com.
Department of State’s OVR system makes
registering to vote and updating registration information easy,” Secretary
Boockvar said. “We want every eligible Pennsylvanian to be able to exercise
their precious right to vote on Election Day.”
state’s OVR application can be found at register.votesPA.com. In addition to
applying for a new registration, the OVR system can also be used to update
an existing voter record with new information, such as a change of name,
address or party affiliation. Since the launch of OVR in August 2015, more
than 1.4 million eligible Pennsylvanians have used the site.
also are encouraged to use the online system to confirm their registration status prior to the
deadline. The site provides county election office contact
information, a polling place locator and voting district information.
voters planning to cast an absentee ballot are advised to
apply and return their voted ballot as early as possible. This is the first
election that Pennsylvania voters can apply online for an absentee
Due to the
3-day time frame between the deadline to request an absentee ballot (Oct.
29) and the deadline by which county election offices must receive voted
ballots (5 p.m., Nov. 1), voters are strongly urged to submit absentee ballot requests, whether online
or paper, well before the deadline.
Voters may deliver their voted absentee ballots in
person to county election offices or mail them if
there is adequate time for delivery. A postmark with the deadline date is
not sufficient for the ballot to be counted.
5, Pennsylvania voters will elect judges and county and local officials. A proposed constitutional amendment
on crime victims’ rights, known as Marsy’s Law, also will be on
important to vote in municipal elections because the results have the most
impact on voters’ daily lives,” Secretary Boockvar said. “Local and school
board officials make decisions on property taxes, public safety, trash
removal, the quality of drinking water, road
improvements and other key issues.”
Individuals wishing to register to vote
in the Nov. 5 election must be:
- A citizen of the United States for at least one
month before the election.
- A resident of Pennsylvania and the election
district in which the individual wants to register and vote for at
least 30 days before the election.
- At least 18 years of age on or before the date of
voters can register to vote online, by mail or in person at a county voter registration office; 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; and Americans with
Disabilities Act-mandated complementary paratransit providers.
using the OVR system must complete
and submit their application by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 7. Traditional paper
voter registration forms must be received in county voter registration
offices by close of business or postmarked by Oct. 7. Electors who do not
receive confirmation of their application within 14 days of submission
should contact their county voter registration office.
The Department of State’s website votesPA.com also offers printable voter registration
applications and tips for first-time voters and military and overseas voters.
For more information on voter registration, voting
and elections call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at
1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.
MEDIA CONTACT: Wanda Murren