2018 Pa. election: Voter registration deadline is today

Want to vote? Here's what you need to know

  • Ed Mahon

*This story has been updated*

If you want to vote in the Nov. 6 election, the last day to register is today.

If you aren’t already registered or you need to make a  change to your existing registration, you have options, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

You can submit your application:

The department says if you are on active duty in the military, or a hospitalized or bedridden veteran, you can register any time.

Since the state’s online voter registration site launched in August 2015, it has been used by more than 1.18 million eligible Pennsylvanians, according to the department.

Not sure if you are registered to vote? You can check your voter registration status at this link and see your polling location. The website also tells you which congressional and state legislative districts you live in.

If you want to vote in November, you have to be at least 18 on Election Day. You also must be: a citizen of the United States for at least 30 days before the election; and a resident of Pennsylvania and the voting district for at least 30 days before the election.

For more information on voter registration, you can call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.

Who’s on the ballot? Candidates for governor and lieutenant governor run as a ticket. There will also be candidates for one U.S. Senate seat, U.S. House seats, state Senate seats for even-numbered districts, and state House seats.

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Computer mouse pads with Secure the Vote logo on them are seen on a vendor’s table at a convention of state secretaries of state Saturday, July 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spoke at the convention, an event that’s usually a low-key affair highlighting voter registration, balloting devices and election security issues that don’t get much public attention. But coming amid fresh allegations into Russia’s attempts to sway the 2016 election, the sessions on election security have a higher level of urgency and interest.

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