Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pennsylvania Voter Registration Deadline is March 24

With the race for the Republican presidential nomination dragging on, Pennsylvania voters may actually get a say on who will be the party nominee.

That did not appear to be the case earlier this year with so many states voting ahead of Pennsylvania. But the April 24 Pennsylvania primary just might matter for a change.

In order to have a say, you have to be a registered voter. The deadline to register is fast approaching.

Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele reminds Pennsylvanians that Monday, March 26, is the last day to register to vote for the primary election.

In addition to the presidential race, voters will also help pick party nominees for U.S. Senate, state attorney general, auditor general and treasurer, as well as U.S. House of Representatives, state House and Senate, and delegates to the Republican and Democratic national conventions.

“There are many resources available to help citizens register and vote in these important contests,” Aichele said in a press release. “Voters can visit to check their registration status, download a voter registration form and find information on their polling place.”

Applications from Pennsylvanians registering for the first time, changing their address or changing their party affiliation must be postmarked or delivered to the applicant’s county board of elections by the close of business on Monday, March 26.

Another change coming this year is the recently signed Voter ID law.

While a photo ID will not be required to vote in the primary, some counties will be doing test runs and will ask voter to produce a photo ID. All voters in the fall general election will be required to show a photo ID.

Information on the voter ID law is available at or by calling 877-VOTESPA.

For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hot line at 877-VOTESPA, 877-868-3772, or visit

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