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09/01/2017

Secretary of State Declares September 2017 National Voter Registration Month

Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés today joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in reminding citizens that September 2017 is National Voter Registration Month.

Secretary Cortés is working with Pennsylvania’s federal, state and local leaders to make eligible citizens aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the November 7 general election.  Pennsylvanians can find comprehensive voting information at the Department of State’s website, votesPA.com.   
“The goal of votesPA is to provide valuable information voters will need when they go to the polls on November 7,” Cortés said. “We encourage all eligible citizens to be fully informed about their rights and what they can expect at the polling place.”
Eligible citizens may apply for a new voter registration or make changes to their existing registration at register.votesPA.com. 
Voters who are already registered can verify their registration information at votesPA.com/status.
Tuesday, October 10, is the deadline to register for the November 7 general election. Applications for new registration, change of address or change in party affiliation must be submitted online by midnight on that day. Traditional paper registration applications must be postmarked no later than October 10. 
The nation’s Secretaries of State established National Voter Registration Month as a non-partisan means of encouraging voter participation and increasing awareness of state requirements and deadlines for voting.
NASS also supports the independently organized National Voter Registration Day effort, which will be held on September 26, 2017.
Individuals wishing to register to vote in Pennsylvania for the November 7 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 desires 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.
The Department of State’s website votesPA.com, available in English or Spanish, offers a polling place locator, and county boards of elections contact information.  It also includes tips for first-time voters and members of the military.  Voters also can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day.
Also at votesPA.com, voters will find Everyone VotesPA, a web-based voter education toolkit.  The materials include a Voter Guide (PDF) and the “Top 5 Things Every Voter Should Know About Pennsylvania Elections.” (PDF)
For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.
MEDIA CONTACT:   Wanda Murren (717) 783-1621
 
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