HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – The registration deadline is Tuesday for Pennsylvanians who want to vote in the presidential election next month.
This morning, there was no shortage of work at the Allegheny County Elections Office. A pile of more than 1,500 voter registration applications were dropped off Tuesday morning. Those were added to the thousands that need to be processed for potential voters to vote in the upcoming general election.
“When I came in this morning, there were 13,000 electronic applications that were in the queue,” Elections Division Manager Mark Wolosik said.
One of the applications is for Carrie Beauchamp, who recently moved to Pittsburgh, from California.
“Actually, I’ve been trying for the last 10 days, but I put the wrong name on my paperwork…I have two last names,” Beauchamp said.
Democrats, like Nancy Patton Mills, are hoping as many people as possible will spend part of today registering to vote, if they haven’t already.
She hopes they’ll vote for Democrats, especially presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
“Of course whenever you do a registration drive, we don’t exclude Republicans, but we certainly hope that our efforts will be for Hillary Clinton, getting out the vote is the most important thing in any election,” said Patton Mills.
She dropped off the 1,500 applications; the result of a voter registration drive for Clinton campaign supporters.
Speaking in Ambridge on Monday, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump urged his supporters to go out and vote, so the election isn’t “stolen” from him.
“So important that you get out and vote,” said Trump. “So important that you watch other communities because we don’t want this election stolen from us. We don’t want this election stolen from us.”
The Nov. 8 ballot also includes a competitive race for U.S. Senate that pits Republican incumbent Pat Toomey against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty.
All of Pennsylvania’s 18 seats in the U.S. House and all 203 seats in the state House are also up this year, along with half the 50-member Senate. There will be only one candidate in many of the legislative elections.
Three statewide row offices will be decided, for attorney general, auditor general and state treasurer.
Voters will decide whether to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to let justices, judges and district judges serve until age 75. The state’s current mandatory retirement age for jurists is 70.
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