Pennsylvania State Capitol. Pennsylvania State Capitol. Photo credit: Zack Frank/

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres reminded Pennsylvanians that Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May primary election. He added that online voter registration (OVR) makes the process easier than ever before.

“Voting is the most important way in which we can participate in our democracy,” Torres said. “OVR, which has been used by more than 1 million Pennsylvanians, is the best method for registering or updating your registration.”

On May 15, primary voters who are registered as Republican or Democrat will choose the two parties’ nominees for U.S. senator, governor, lieutenant governor, representatives in Congress, half of state senators, all representatives in the General Assembly and members of the state and county party committees.

In addition, all registered voters who reside in the 48th, 68th and 178th legislative districts will be able to vote in the special elections being held on May 15 to fill vacancies in those districts. Torres encouraged eligible citizens to make use of the state’s OVR site, whether they are registering for the first time or updating an existing registration with a change of name, address or party affiliation.

Even applicants who do not have a driver’s license or PennDOT ID card may complete their registration online, thanks to a feature that allows users to easily upload a digital copy of their signature.