Registering to vote: more info

Thanks to the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the Chester County Election Commission, and the Pennsylvania Department of State for the content of their informative web sites which we have used to create this page.

(This post does not include the 2012 voter ID information.)

The last day to register, or to re-register at a new address, is 30 days before the Primary or General Election in which you wish to vote.

If you are having trouble getting registered to vote, please contact the Chester County Democratic Committee (see Contact info in left sidebar) for assistance.

You must register in order to vote. To be eligible to register, you must:

1. Be eighteen (18) years of age by the election day
2. Be a United States citizen for at least one month before election day
3. Have lived in your election district for at least 30 days before the election day

How to Register

*Complete the registration form available from the PA Department of State Website.

* You can call the offices of the Pennsylvania Secretary of State at 1-800-552-VOTE (8683) and request a voter registration form be mailed to you.

* You can visit the Chester County Voter Services Office at 601 Westtown Road, Suite 150, in West Goshen just east of West Chester borough. For more information, visit their web site at or call them at 610-344-6410.

* You can register to vote when you renew your Driver’s License in person at PENNDOT.

You need to register to vote if:

* You have never registered to vote
* You have moved (into PA or into a new voting district in PA) since the last time you voted
* You want to change your party affiliation
* There is a mix-up in your registration and you needed a court order to vote in the last election

You should re-register to vote if:

* You have changed your name since the last election
* You have moved since the last time you voted, even if you still reside in the same election district…

Absentee Ballots

Request an absentee ballot if you plan on being out of town for either the Primary or General Election, or if you have a medical problem that will prevent you from voting. For instructions, see the Chester County Voter Services web site.

The last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot is a week before a Primary or General Election, but apply as soon as you can to avoid delay and last-minute confusion.