Election news: Voter registration deadline approaching
The voter registration deadline for next month’s primary election is fast approaching. Voters have only a week left to either register to vote or make changes to their current registration.
Whether registering for the first time or changing a current registration, the process is fairly easy. Here’s how to do it:
Submit online by going to register.votespa.com, or by mail in one of two ways:
- Obtain a state or federal voter registration mail application from a candidate, political party and other Federal, State, and municipal offices. You may also request one from the Department of State’s website.
- Download the voter registration application available from the Department of State’s website or from the County’s website to be mailed or brought to the county’s voter registration office in the new county administration building at 272 N. Second St., Chambersburg.
Voters already registered who want to change party affiliation or update their information can do that by applying at a government agency.
- State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
- Armed Forces Recruitment Centers
- County’s Clerk of Courts Office
- Area Agencies on Aging & County Mental Health/Intellectual Disabilities Offices
- Centers for Independent Living
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The deadline to apply for a change of name, address and/or party; or make a new registration for the upcoming primary is Monday, May 3. Applications received or postmarked after that date will be processed for the 2021 Municipal Election in November.
A voter registration card is mailed to voters once the application is processed. The card lists the location of their polling place.
Voters currently registered as an Independent or with any minor political party (i.e. Green, Libertarian, Constitutional, etc.) will not be able to vote for any candidates at the upcoming Municipal Primary unless the make changes before May 5. That’s because Pennsylvania has a closed primary voting system. Only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for their parties’ candidates in the primary.
Independents and minor political party voters can vote on three Constitutional Amendments and one Statewide Referendum during the May 18 primary, however. They receive a Non-Partisan ballot with just four questions listed with a YES/NO voting option.
Voters wishing to vote for all of the candidate races need to change their party affiliation to either Democrat or Republican prior to Monday, May 3.
Direct questions about registering to vote or updating a voter’s registration information to the Voter Registration Office at (717) 261-3886 or the Franklin County Election Board at (717) 261-3810.
Additional election and voter registration information is available at the County’s website.