The time has come to perform your civic duty. have been counted and the results are in. The 2011 general election is almost upon us and voter registration is of utmost importance in this touchy political climate, especially for young people who will be dealing with the consequences of elections for years to come.
As most kids who just turned 18 are finished with high school and headed off to college within the next month or two, they should know the deadlines for registration and the process for placing an absentee vote. We have compiled the information you will need to make sure that your son or daughter's vote counts.
The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8, but for your vote to count, you must register one month in advance by Oct. 11. It is also important to note that those who turn 18 between those dates can register as well, but they still must fill out the voting registration form by Oct. 11.
Now is a good time to take care of voting preparations, as the other school or work obligations will be piling up once the summer ends.
In order to vote in Norristown, you must have been a resident for at least 30 days and have a voter registration card (which will be sent to you within 14 days of your application being received and accepted by the county).
Unfortunately, a real signature is required, so you cannot register to vote online. It must be done either in person or mailed. All you need to fill out the form is your Pennsylvania driver’s license, or your Social Security number if you don’t have a license.
You can find the form in our PDF section or download it here. Fill it out, print it and mail it to , PO Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311.
If you don’t want to download the registration form, you can find it at most government offices, such as , the , or any state store.
In a case in which the voter will be living temporarily outside of the county (such as a university), it is important to send in an absentee ballot so that your vote counts. You can find the absentee ballot application in our PDF section, or download it here. Fill out the absentee registration form and mail it in by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1. You will be mailed a ballot at the address specified on the form. The election office must receive your completed ballot that by 5 p.m. the Friday, Nov. 4.
- Election: Nov. 8
- Registration deadline: Oct. 11
- Must be 18 on or before Nov. 8to vote
- Absentee registration form deadline: Nov. 1 (5 p.m.)
- Absentee ballot deadline: Nov. 4 (5 p.m.)