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Voters across Pennsylvania will be electing mayors, township commissioners and supervisors, borough council and school directors in 2019, and in order to vote in the primary, they must be registered by April 22.
The Allegheny County Elections Division said that residents who wish to vote on May 21 must be registered by Monday (April 22). Registered voters who have moved, changed their name or changed political parties also must notify the elections division by April 22, a spokeswoman said.
To qualify to vote, one must be a United States citizen at least one month prior to the election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district at least 30 days before the election, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.
Applicants needing to register to vote, or to change their name, address, or party affiliation may do so by using the state’s online voter registration process at www.votespa.com.
Those applicants who have a driver’s license or PennDOT identification card can link their signature on file with PennDOT to their voter record.
The record will then be electronically transferred to the Allegheny County Elections Division for processing and approval. Applicants who do not have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card may upload a digital image of their signature or print, sign, and mail the completed online application to the Elections Division.
For those individuals who are unable to print the application, they may request that the Pennsylvania Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to the Elections Division. All printed online applications and signature cards must be postmarked no later than the April 22 deadline.
Registration-by-mail forms also may be used to register or to change a name, address or party affiliation. These forms are available at Armed Services Recruitment Centers, Area Agencies on Aging as well as many branches of the U.S. Postal Service and state, county, and municipal offices. Registration-by-mail forms must be postmarked by April 22.
Once the form is completed and returned to the Elections Division, approved applicants will receive a Certification of Voter Registration. Allegheny County residents who have questions or would like to verify their registration status may call the Elections Division at (412) 350-4510 or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/elections.
Individuals also may register by applying in person. Allegheny County voters should go to Room 609 of the County Office Building, 542 Forbes Ave., Downtown Pittsburgh, betweem 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Election Division will remain open until 5:00 p.m. April 22 to accept hand-delivered voter registration forms, the county spokeswoman said.
In Westmoreland County, voters should call (724) 830-3150 or visit the Elections Bureau at 2 N. Main St., Suite 109, Greensburg, or visit https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/251/Elections.
Kelley Minars photo via Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Originally published April 17, 2019.