Today Is the Last Day to Register to Vote in the PA Primary

There’s no excuse for not registering to vote if you’re reading this, because you can do it online in a few minutes.

Donald Trump (, Bernie Sanders (, John Kasich (Facebook), Hillary Clinton (, Ted Cruz (Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license)

Donald Trump (, Bernie Sanders (, John Kasich (Facebook), Hillary Clinton (, Ted Cruz (Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons)

Last year, I changed my registration so I could register to vote in the Philadelphia mayoral primary. It was an easier task than I expected: I walked to the Room 142 at City Hall, the Philadelphia County Board of Elections, filled out a form and handed it in. A worker told me the office had collected thousands of new registrations that day, but there wasn’t even a line.

It really was that easy. I share this because today is the last day to register for the 2016 Pennsylvania primary. There are pretty high stakes this year: On the Democratic side, voters can choose between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders; on the GOP side, you can pick between Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Donald Trump.

So if you think a former senator, Secretary of State and First Lady makes for a pretty qualified candidate — or you just want a woman president — you should register so you can pick Hillary Clinton. If you think Bernie Sanders and his apparent ability to control wildlife are what our country needs, you should also register.

Meanwhile, if you’d actually like the guy who held a bunch of Tyson fights in Atlantic City in the 1980s to run our country, register Republican so you can vote for Donald Trump. If you want to stop the man who didn’t do anything when he saw a lost little boy in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, then register Republican to vote for Ted Cruz or John Kasich. The polls say the race is close on the GOP side!

You now don’t even have to go to the Philadelphia County Board of Elections to register. You can register to vote online, saving yourself a walk down a City Hall corridor. If you want to vote in next month’s election, you have to do it by the end of the day. If you’re an independent, you can always change it back after the election.

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