Register to vote by Oct. 5


People who want to have a say in the November general election must be registered to vote. And the days to do so are ticking away — fast.

Monday, Oct. 5, is the last day for Pennsylvanians to register for the upcoming election.

Those who register after that date will have to wait to vote until the 2016 primary, during which voters will select the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees.

But there are plenty of important local offices — county commissioner, county judge, school board, township supervisor, borough council and others — that will appear on the ballot in the upcoming election.

As of Monday, York County had 269,573 registered voters. Of those, 96,132 are Democrats, 130,704 are Republicans and 42,737 are either registered with another party or hold no party affiliation, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State.

Purging: Simply registering to vote is only half the battle. One must exercise the right to be involved in the election process, or it could be lost.

Under state guidelines, voter rolls are purged of inactive voters in even-numbered years. The next great purge will come after the 2016 presidential election, said Nikki Suchanic, head of York County's elections and voter registration office.

"It's always done after the November election of each even year," she said.

If a voter hasn't voted through two federal elections, which are held on even-numbered years, he or she will be sent a notice from the county's election office. If the voter doesn't reply or if the notice is returned as undeliverable, that person is considered inactive and may be purged from the rolls.

The county elections office also does monthly purges of voters who have died. The Department of State gives the names of dead voters to county elections offices, which then purges their names.

Online registration: The state in August made registering to vote a bit easier when it unveiled online voter registration.

As of Thursday, 15,755 people, including 563 from York County, have taken to the Internet to register to vote, according to the Department of State.

State officials are hoping more people will register now that the process is easier.

There are an estimated 2 million Pennsylvanians who are eligible to vote but aren't registered to do so, said Wanda Murren, spokeswoman for the Department of State.

To register online to vote, click here

— Reach Greg Gross at