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(1,303 posts)
Fri Apr 6, 2018, 01:53 PM Apr 2018

Attention PA Residents of Voting Age

April 16 - Last day to REGISTER TO VOTE before the Primary
May 8 - Last day to apply for absentee ballot
May 11 - Completed absentee ballots due to courthouse or county voting office.
May 16 - First day to REGISTER after the Primary.

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Attention PA Residents of Voting Age (Original Post) appleannie1943 Apr 2018 OP
Pa. Resident for a year HockeyMom Apr 2018 #1
Does not surprise me at all. It goes along with the gerrymandering they have done here. appleannie1943 Apr 2018 #2
Please correct this if I'm wrong FakeNoose Apr 2018 #3
I am a poll worker. You are right. If you are a dem, the ballot you get is Dem only. If you are appleannie1943 Apr 2018 #4
Thanks AppleAnnie FakeNoose Apr 2018 #5
This is not true DeminPennswoods Apr 2018 #6


(14,337 posts)
1. Pa. Resident for a year
Fri Apr 6, 2018, 04:04 PM
Apr 2018

Husband and I both registered to vote last year when we got our Driver's Licenses. We voted last November. I got a notice in the mail that if I registered after after 2005 I might not meet the qualifications to vote in the next election.

We both showed our Florida Driver's Licenses (mine an Enhanced Star License), Birth Certificates, Me my Marriage License, Mail delivered to our PA. address. I registered as a Democrat. My husband as a Republican. HE did not get this notification having shown exactly the same proof as me.

Targeting Democrats in this state?


(32,610 posts)
3. Please correct this if I'm wrong
Fri Apr 6, 2018, 09:02 PM
Apr 2018

In order to vote in the PA primary, it's necessary to register as a member of either the Democratic or Republican party. If you want to vote in the Democratic primary you must be a registered Democrat. Same is true for the GOP - so it's one or the other.

You may also decline both parties and remain independent, in which case you can vote in the November General Election only.

Regardless of how you voted in the Spring primary, you may vote for ANY candidates in the fall general election.


(1,303 posts)
4. I am a poll worker. You are right. If you are a dem, the ballot you get is Dem only. If you are
Fri Apr 6, 2018, 10:21 PM
Apr 2018

a Republican, the ballot you get is only Republican. If you are anything else, Independent, Green party etc. you cannot vote in the primary, just the general. And in the general election in the fall, you can vote for anyone you want to no matter the party.


(32,610 posts)
5. Thanks AppleAnnie
Fri Apr 6, 2018, 10:57 PM
Apr 2018

Some people are confused about this, and I'm happy to make it clear.

For many years I was an independent voter, but I finally registered as a Democrat in 2008 because I wanted to vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary. No regrets about joining, I just wish I'd done it sooner!


(15,270 posts)
6. This is not true
Sat Apr 7, 2018, 02:54 PM
Apr 2018

If you are an unaffiliated voter, you can vote on ballot questions, if there are any.

You can't vote for candidates running as members of either party.

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