Public Service Announcement – Pennsylvania Primary Voter Registration Deadlines

March 16, 2016

The Pennsylvania primary elections will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The deadline for registering to vote in the primary is rapidly approaching, and is Monday, March 28, 2016. You can check your registration status and polling place using the following online form: Voter Registration Status

If you need to register to vote or change your party affiliation, you can register to vote online or download a paper form to submit here: Voter Registration Application

Keep in mind, only registered Republicans can vote for the Republican candidates (as of this writing, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump) and similarly, only registered Democrats may vote for the Democratic candidates (Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders). Therefore, if you are registered as a member of the Independent party, any other party affiliation, or no party affiliation, you may not vote for any of the above listed candidates.

But wait! Any registered voter in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, regardless of party affiliation, can vote on the ballot measures that are certified for the April 2016 election:

  1. The Judicial Retirement Age Amendment, which would raise the state judicial retirement age from 70 to 75; and
  1. The Philadelphia Traffic Court Abolition Amendment, which would eliminate the Traffic Court in the City of Philadelphia.
Matt Landis is an attorney at Russell, Krafft & Gruber, LLP, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He received his law degree from Widener University.