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Voter Registration Deadline for May Primary Is Monday

by on April 14, 2018 5:00 AM

Pennsylvania's 2018 primary election is a month away, and if you want to vote in it, the registration deadline is Monday.

Because Pennsylvania runs a closed primary, voters must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to cast a ballot in the May 15 primary.

You can check if you're registered to vote on the Pennsylvania Department of State Voter Services website using your name, date of birth and zip code, or your driver's license or PennDOT ID number.

If you're not registered to vote you can register or update your information online through the Voter Services website here by end of the day on Monday. You'll need your driver's license number or PennDOT ID number. If you don't have either, you'll need your social security number.

You can also download a voter registration form here and hand deliver it to the county election office at the Willowbank Office Building, 420 Holmes St., Bellefonte, PA, 16823. It can also be mailed to the same address as long as it's postmarked by Monday (April 16).

Residents who wish to apply for a civilian absentee ballot have until Tuesday, May 8. The absentee ballots must be received by the county's board of elections by Friday, May 11. Military and overseas ballots must be postmarked no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 15 and have until Tuesday, May 22, to be received.

Those wishing to vote in the primary must be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the primary, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which they wish to register and vote for at least 30 days before the primary, and at least 18 years of age on or before the date of the primary.

Voters will be casting ballots for nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, half of the state senators, all representatives in the the state House, representatives in Congress, U.S. Senator, and members of the state and county party committees.

Centre County races include the 12th and 15th congressional districts; 34th state Senate district; and 76th, 77th, 81st and 171st state House district. Sample ballots for each county precinct are available here.

Geoff Rushton is managing editor for Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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