Deadline to register for Pennsylvania’s May primary election fast approaching

PITTSBURGH — The May primary will be here before you know it, and Pennsylvanians are being reminded that deadline to register to vote is May 3.

The primary election is on May 18, and registered Republican or Democrat voters will be able to choose their party’s nominees for several state and local seats.

All registered voters are also asked to vote on three ballot questions dealing with proposed amendments to the state constitution.

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In our area, there will also be two special elections to fill vacancies in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives 59th and 60th districts.

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To be eligible to register to vote, you must be:

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

You can register by mail or in person at a county voter registration office or at several other locations across the state. Traditional paper voter registration forms must be received in county voter registration offices by close of business or postmarked by May 3.

You can also apply online using the online voter registration system by completing and submitting their application by 11:59 p.m. on May 3.

Voters who want to vote by mail ballot in the primary must apply for their ballot by May 11.

For more information, call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit