September Surge: Pennsylvanians Love Online Voter Registration
By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary
October 05, 2016
The numbers are in and what they show is clear: Pennsylvanians are loving online voter registration (OVR) with more applications being filed online than by paper form and besting totals from the last two presidential elections.
If you aren’t registered yet, stop reading this blog and do it now (or before the October 11 deadline) at register.votespa.com.
Now, in September alone, a whopping 172,256 residents used OVR to register for the first time (122,021) or update their existing registration (50,235).
That is about 20,000 more than the 152,912 who used a paper form last month.
Combined that’s 325,168 applications, which outpaces both the 284,236 applications in September 2008 and the 186,449 applications in September 2012.
Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Cortés launched OVR to make voter registration more convenient, secure and accessible. Since then, more than 675,000 Pennsylvanians have used OVR.
New this year is 2Vote, a voter registration text messaging service. Simply text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) on a smartphone and you will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, as well as links to check voter registration status, locate your polling place and find contact information for county offices and the Department of State.
The Department of State’s website votespa.com, available in English and Spanish, also 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.
In addition, voters can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day.
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.
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