This story was written by Nicole Guth, The Pitt News
The Pennsylvania presidential primaries might be more than a month away, but for those planning on exercising their right to vote, there's an impending deadline to be aware of.
The Allegheny County Elections Division announced that residents who wish to vote in the April 22 primary must be registered by next Monday, March 24.
Registered voters who have moved or changed their name or party affiliation must also notify the Elections Division by March 24 and individuals must be registered in a major political party in order to vote in that party's primary.
Each time a college student changes his or her place of residence -- on or off campus -- he or she is required to re-register.
Voters are required to be 18 years old by or on April 2, as well as a United States citizen and a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district they register in at for least 30 days prior to the primary.
With less than a week left to register, students can sign up in several places.
Last minute applicants can receive a voting form at the College Democrats' meeting Tuesday night in room 937 of the William Pitt Union, according to Lissa Geiger, president of the College Democrats.
Forms are also available from Resident Assistants and Resident Directors, by visiting www.dos.state.pa.us/voting or in person weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Office of the Registration Commission in the County Office Building located at 542 Forbes Ave.
Registration-by-mail forms may also be used to register or to change name, address or party affiliation. These forms are available at Armed Service Recruitment Centers, the Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging, as well as several branches of the U.S. Postal Service and state, county and municipal government offices.
Once the form is completed and returned to the Elections Division, approved applicants will receive a voter identification card showing municipality, ward and/or election district and his or her assigned polling place.
It might be required to show the identification card at the polling place.
Allegheny County residents who have questions or would like to verify their registration status should call the Elections Division at 412-350-4510 or visit www.alleghenycounty.us/elect.
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