Monday, Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the upcoming Nov. 5 elections.
Aspiring voters must submit their registration forms to county voter registration offices by 5 p.m., or post-mark them if they plan to mail in their forms. However, a more convenient option may be register to vote online.
Acting Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar says online voter registration is more popular these days than using paper. Since the beginning of September, online registration accounted for 60% of all applications.
While the time deadline applies for paper, there is a small time extension for online voter registration. Pennsylvania residents can apply on VotesPA.com until 11:59 p.m. Monday evening.
November’s elections include municipal and county elections. While some may find them less exciting than the Presidential race held every four years, Boockvar says they are just as important.
“For example, county commissioners who deal with things such as taxes and services available to their residents. We have school board members who, of course, are not only determining the quality and content of public education for our children, but also dealing with taxes, that’s levied by the school board. We have mayors, and city and borough council who deal with public safety, roads, zoning.”
Additionally, the deadline to apply for absentee ballots online is Oct. 29. It may be better to apply for these ballots earlier rather than later because of a quick turn around time. County elections offices must receive absentee ballots by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.