Residents of Pennsylvania have until today (May 2) to register to vote in the state’s primary election, which will take place on May 17.
Primary elections are held on the third Tuesday of May in most years. In presidential years they are held on the fourth Tuesday of April.
In a primary election, each political party selects its candidates to run for office during the general election. The candidates who get the highest number of votes in the primary election go on to run in the general election. Voters also vote for their party’s officers during a primary election.
In Pennsylvania, people can only vote for the candidates in the same political party they have named in the voter registration, not for both parties.
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How to check registration and register to vote?
People can check their registration status online. If not, they can register to vote in the state online or in person.
Those who want to register to vote can do so by printing and filling out the Pennsylvania Voter Registration Application and submitting it to their county voter registration office. Voter registration in person is also possible at a county voter registration office or a PennDOT station.
On the other side, the final day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot is May 10.
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