Voter Registration Deadline Nears

Chambersburg Public Opinion

The deadline to apply to register to vote in the presidential primary election is March 26.

Pennsylvania voters will nominate candidates for president, U.S. senator and U.S. representative, as well as parties’ nominees to serve in state government. The primary election is April 24.

The deadline for a voter to change his or her name, address and/or party affiliation is also March 26.

Applications will be accepted and processed as long as they are postmarked on or before the March 26 date, according to Jean Byers, Franklin County deputy chief clerk. If the application is received or postmarked after that date, it will be processed for the 2012 general election in November.

You can apply to register to vote in the 2012 General Primary Election, if by April 24:

– You will have been a citizen of the United States for at least one month.

– You have been a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you seek to register for at least 30 days.

– You will be at least 18 years of age.

You can register to vote:

– In person at [your local county voter registration office.]

– By mailing a state or federal voter registration mail application obtained from a candidate or political party or from other federal, state and municipal offices. You may also request an application from the Pennsylvania Department of State at

– By mailing in a voter registration application downloaded from the Department of State at or from the county at

– Apply at Department of Transportation photo license center when you obtain or update your driver’s license.

– Apply at a government agency. Clients may apply at state offices providing public assistance and services to persons with disabilities, armed forces recruitment centers, county’s Clerk of Courts office, Area Agencies on Aging and county mental health/intellectual disabilities offices and centers for independent living.

Once the registration application is processed, each voter will receive a voter registration card in the mail noting the place where he or she will vote.

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