Register now to vote in next month’s General Election

PHILADELPHIA — This year’s citywide General  Election is less than a month away — Tuesday, Nov. 5 — and the deadline to register to vote, if necessary, is Monday, Oct. 7.

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Luckily, you can register online by clicking here. That Pennsylvania Department of State website should have all the information you need.

Have your Pennsylvania driver’s license or PennDOT ID information available. Your Social Security number should also work if you don’t have identification.

Members of the military on active duty, or hospitalized or bedridden veterans, should be able to register at any time by clicking here.

Click here for information on requesting an absentee ballot. The deadline for requests to be received will be Tuesday, Oct. 29.

General elections don’t require any political party registration. Everyone registered to vote can do so.

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The offices at stake include the mayor, some City Council district seats, all City Council At-Large seats, city commissioners, register of wills and sheriff. There are several judicial races and three ballot questions: a constitutional amendment, city bond question and charter change, all proposed.

Click here to see a sample ballot. You will need to know your City Council district number to see your correct ballot. Click here to see City Council district maps if you’re not sure.

Also new next month, Philadelphia will be using new voting machines. Click here to read more about them. Voting demonstrations have been taking place all over the city. Click here for times and locations for the next week, Monday through Sunday.

Click here for answers to other voting questions.


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