How and Where to Register to Vote
Qualifications for Voter Registration
In order to be eligible to register to vote, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next election
- Be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election
- Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next election; and
Important Notice - On December 26, 2000, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ordered the removal of the felony conviction prohibition as a qualification for voter registration. When completing the Voter Registration Mail Application (VRMA), a convicted felon who is released from prison may make application to register to vote by striking through the felony conviction line at Section9(2) on the VRMA and signing his or her name.
If you are currently registered to vote, you do not have to re-register unless you have moved, or wish to change your name or political party affiliation.
Qualifications for Voters at a Primary
The qualifications for a voter entitled to vote at a primary are the same as a voter entitled to vote at an election, except that he or she must be registered in a political party in order to take part in and vote in that partys primary. However, all registered voters are entitled to vote on questions placed on the ballot or at a special election held concurrently with a Primary.
Registering to Vote at the Elections Division
You may register to vote at the Allegheny County Elections Division, Room 609 of the County Office Building, located at the corner of Ross Street and Forbes Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh, Pa., 15219. Regular business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The telephone number is (412) 350-4510.
Registering to Vote at Other Government Offices
You may also register to vote at:
- Pennsylvania State offices that provide public assistance and services to persons with disabilities
- Armed Service Recruitment Centers
- Area agencies on aging
- Centers for independent living
- Allegheny County mental health and mental retardation offices
- Student disability services offices of the State System of Higher Education
- Offices of Special Education
- The Allegheny County Marriage License Bureau located on the First Floor of the City-County Building in downtown Pittsburgh.
Registering to Vote at PennDot Drivers License Centers
You may register to vote when applying for or renewing your Pennsylvania Drivers License. Your application for a drivers license or renewal may also serve as an application for voter registration or an update to your voter registration status.
Registering to Vote by Mail
You may register to vote by mail. Registration-by-mail forms, which may also be used to change your name, address or political party affiliation are available at many Municipal Buildings, State Liquor Stores and some branches of the United States Postal Service. In addition, forms may be obtained at many Federal, State Senate and State House Representative District Offices as well as from your local political party committee members. Forms may also be obtained at many colleges and universities.
Forms may also be obtained by contacting this office at (412) 350-4510.
You may also use the Pennsylvania state registration form by linking to the Pennsylvania Department of State's Web site. There you may download, print, complete, sign and send the form to:
Attn: Voter Registration Section
Division of Elections
542 Forbes Ave., Room 609
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-2953
Deadline for Registering to Vote
The deadline for in-person voter registration is 30 days prior to each primary or election. Registration-by-mail forms must be postmarked no later than the voter registration deadline in order to be processed for the upcoming primary or election.