Voter Registration Deadline is October 9 for Upcoming General Election
October 2, 2018
Residents who wish to vote in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election must be registered by Tuesday, Oct. 9. Registered voters who have moved or changed their name or party affiliation must also notify the Elections Division by October 9.
In order to qualify to vote, one must be a United States citizen at least one month prior to the election, a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district at least 30 days before the election, and 18 years of age on or before the day of the election.
Applicants needing to register to vote, or to change their name, address, or party affiliation may do so by using the state’s online voter registration process at http://www.votespa.com. Those applicants who have a driver’s license or PennDOT identification card can link their signature on file with PennDOT to their voter record. The record will then be electronically transferred to the Allegheny County Elections Division for processing and approval.
Applicants who do not have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or identification card may upload a digital image of their signature or print, sign and mail the completed online application to the Elections Division.
For those individuals who are unable to print the application, they may request that the Pennsylvania Department of State mail them a signature card to complete and return to the Elections Division. All printed online applications and signature cards must be postmarked no later than the October 9 deadline.
Individuals may still register by applying in person Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Office of the Registration Commission in Room 609 of the County Office Building, 542 Forbes Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh. The Election Division will remain open until 5 p.m. on October 9 to accept hand-delivered voter registration forms.
Registration-by-mail forms may also be used to register or to change name, address or party affiliation. These forms are available at Armed Services Recruitment Centers, Area Agencies on Aging as well as many branches of the U.S. Postal Service and state, county and municipal offices. Registration-by-mail forms must be postmarked by October 9.
Once the form is completed and returned to the Elections Division, approved applicants will receive a Certification of Voter Registration. Allegheny County residents who have questions or would like to verify their registration status may call the Elections Division at 412-350-4510 or visit http://www.alleghenycounty.us/elections.