Today is the last day to register to vote for the May 20th Primary Election in Pennsylvania. May 20th, Pennsylvanians will elect party nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, House Representatives, and state House and Senate.
You must be registered with one of the primary parties to cast a vote. In PA, the primary parties are Republican or Democrat.
Most people don’t recognize the importance of voting in the Primary election. They wait until the General election when their choices have been made up for them already. By exercising your right to vote in the Primary election, we get a say in who we want to represent us. If your candidate is not chosen, at least you have let the remaining candidates know that you are paying attention and that they will need to EARN your vote.
One of the challenges I see when I assist residents with citizenship is that at some point, they were registered to vote when they were Permanent Residents. You can only cast a vote IF you are:
- A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
- A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you want to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
- At least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal, or general election.
Once you have registered to vote, you are not required to register again unless you change your residence, name, or political party affiliation.
Visit Votes PA for more information about registering.
Your vote is your voice. Don’t lose your chance to be heard.