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March 26, 2016

Voter registration deadline in Pennsylvania approaches

March 28 is last day to submit application

Have an opinion on the heated presidential race? It won't mean anything if you don't cast a ballot.

Pennsylvania's deadline to register to vote is Monday, March 28. And thanks to a change in the process, doing so is easier than ever.

In August the state launched a website allowing residents to register online. Now, all you have to do is visit and fill out your application there.

After that, your county registration office will contact you if they need any more information and mail your voter ID card to your residence if you're approved.

Online registration has proved a popular option since it began last year, with the number of residents utilizing it surpassing 100,000 in February and the online option overtaking paper registration applications this month.

The state has also recently updated the system, allowing voters to upload their signature electronically if necessary. That means the entire process can happen at home on your computer.

Pennsylvania's primary is April 26. In addition to voting for presidential nominees, Democratic voters will choose between John Fetterman, Katie McGinty and Joe Sestak to go up against Pat Toomey for the state's U.S. Senate seat in November.

Nominees will also be chosen for all 18 of Pennsylvania's seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. That includes a close Democratic race for the office currently held by Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah.

Finally, voters will pick nominees for the state offices of Attorney General, Auditor General and Treasurer.

Pennsylvania's primaries are closed, meaning you must be registered as a Democratic or Republican in order to vote for candidates in either party. 

Online registration can be completed at