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Oct. 18 is the deadline to register to vote in November's municipal election

Eligible voters will elect judges on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court as well as county, school board, and local officials.

PENNSYLVANIA, USA — November's municipal election is quickly approaching, and the deadline to register to vote in it is even closer. 

Acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid is reminding Pennsylvanians that they have until Oct. 18 to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election. 

Eligible voters will elect judges on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Superior Court, Commonwealth Court, county Common Pleas Courts and Philadelphia Municipal Court, as well as county, school board, and local officials, such as mayors, city and borough council members, township commissioners and supervisors, magisterial district judges, and precinct election officials.

“Whichever voting option you choose...the important thing is to get out and vote,” Secretary Degraffenreid said. “The local officials elected in municipal elections make the decisions that affect voters’ daily lives.”

Individuals wishing to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election must be:

  • A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the election.
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual wants to register and vote for at least 30 days before the election.
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the date of the election.

Pennsylvania voters have the option of voting by mail, voting now in person by mail ballot, or voting in person on Election Day at the polls. Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If voters choose to submit their ballot as a mail-in or absentee they can drop it off at their local county's board of elections office. They must do this by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Those who head to the polls in person will also have to remember to wear their masks. If one refuses to wear their mask at any election poll site on Nov. 2, they will not be able to vote.

State officials are reminding folks to be patient and remember COVID-19 safety guidelines on Election Day. This includes bringing an individual pen to avoid sharing and having hand sanitizer handy for personal hygiene.

A full breakdown of things a voter and county officials can do to provide the greatest amount of safety can be found here

You can click here to register online, or here for printable voter registration applications. Voters are also encouraged to confirm their registration status here

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