PA Online RegistrationLast week Pennsylvania became the latest state to implement online voter registration.  Twenty-eight states and the District of Columbia currently offer online registration or have enacted legislation to permit it. Online registration has seen incredible growth in recent years because it is convenient for voters, reduces data entry errors, and cuts election administration costs.

Pennsylvania’s new site, available in English or Spanish, also allows currently registered voters to more easily make updates to their voter record, such as a change of name, address or party affiliation.

The VotesPA portal has a list of frequently asked questions on the process ranging from “How do I register online” (A: fill out the application online) to “Can I vote online?” (A: No).

Equally important is if would-be voters need a Pennsylvania driver’s license or ID card to apply online. They do not, but currently only individuals with a PennDOT number from a Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID card can complete the registration process entirely online. Applicants without a PennDOT number will need to submit their signature by mail to complete the registration process.

Filling out the form does not mean that voters are instantly registered. The appropriate county registrar must still process and accept the application. Voters will receive a voter registration card in the mail within two weeks. In Pennsylvania, the deadline to register for the November 3rd, 2015 election is October 5th.

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