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Don’t Let Oct. 5 Voter Registration Deadline Keep You from the Polls

VoterRegistrationIf you intend to vote on election day, Nov. 3, but need to register or adjust your registration, Tuesday, Oct. 5 is the last day to do it.  You can check your status here.

According to the Montgomery County Department of Voter Services in Norristown (1 Montgomery Plaza), office hours will be extended until 8 p.m. on Oct. 5 to accommodate those registering in person.  Since late August Pennsylvanians can also register online, although the same deadline applies.  However,  beware that if you don’t have ID information already in the PennDOT database, you’re not going to be able to complete the process online on or just before Oct. 5.  You’ll need to fill out a signature form (not available online) and drop it off or send it to Voter Services.  Applications for a new registration, change of address or change in party affiliation must be received by Voter Services or postmarked by October 5.

Why does PA even have a registration deadline?  Good question.  The simple answer is that state law requires it.  But in an age of instantaneous communications when some states allow registration up to and including on election day, why does PA slam the door on the ability to vote just when candidates make their big pitch and voters finally start focusing on the elections?  Another good question, especially for the governor and the leadership of the state legislature.

On Nov. 3 voters will cast ballots for local and county offices, as well as seats on the PA Supreme Court, Superior Court and Commonwealth Court.  Why do we vote for judges?  Enough with the good questions.

According to the PA Department of State, voters also can register by mail or apply in person at county voter registration offices; county assistance offices; Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program offices; PennDOT photo and drivers 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.

Those who do not receive confirmation of their application within 14 days of submission should contact the voter registration office in their county.

If you are going to be out of town on election day, Oct. 27 is the last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot.



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