Are You Registered to Vote in the Upcoming Pa. Primary?

Remember that day in November when you swore you'd get involved in local politics?

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It’s remarkably obvious: following President Donald Trump’s election, Philadelphians (and Americans) are becoming increasingly engaged in the political climate.

Throughout the past few months, there’s been a lot of talk about civic participation, corruption in Philly politics and the importance of electing trustworthy, transparent, morally-sound officials and politicians. It can start with one simple step: registering to vote – which, speaking of, you should do ASAP.

Today, April 17th, is the deadline to register to vote in Philly’s upcoming primary election, which will be held on May 16th. If you take a few minutes to register online, you can play a part in electing the Democratic candidate for District Attorney of Philadelphia (check out Holly Otterbein’s Q&A series with the candidates before you vote) and the next Municipal, Common Pleas, Superior and Commonwealth Court judges.

If you don’t know whether or not you’re registered to vote, check your voter registration status on the Pennsylvania Department of State’s registration lookup site. If you need to register, you can do so by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of State’s online voter registration site.

If you want to review sample ballots ahead of time, check out the City Commissioners website, where you can also download an absentee ballot application.

Do all this, find your polling place when May 16th rolls around, vote, pick up a sticker, and pat yourself on the back – after all, political revitalization starts on a local level.

If you want to become an especially upstanding citizen, check out this list of political and civic organizations in Philly or peruse our guide on how to get involved in the age of Trump.

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