Election 2018

Today is National Voter Registration Day, so get off your butt and do it

Thanks to online registration, you don’t actually have to leave the couch.

Students wait to vote in November 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Students wait to vote in November 2016 at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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Today is National Voter Registration Day.

The made-up holiday with a civic purpose is totally nonpartisan and endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State. So party affiliation is no excuse. If you’re not registered to vote, or if you need to change your address, go ahead and do it. Do it now.

Can’t get to it today, you say? You’re really that busy? Busier than Michelle Obama? Hmm.

The easiest way to register or change info, including your address, is to do so online. You can also print a voter application and mail it to your county board of elections. (Yes, you will need a stamp.)

You must do this by Oct. 9. There is no same-day registration in Pennsylvania. Repeat: If you miss that Oct. 9 deadline, that’s it — no voting for you on Nov. 6.

If you’re feeling very smug at the moment, make sure to check your voter status (and, frankly, yourself).

Gold star for me

Gold star for me

Pa DOS website

If you need assistance registering, you can find it easily today. Below are some of the Philly-area events being promoted by the organizers of National Voter Registration Day. Find more here.

  • AFSCME DC 47 Voter Registration Day 8:00 a.m. Municipal Services Building, 1401 JFK Blvd. [Get details and RSVP]
  • Voter Registration 9:00 a.m. Church of the Advocate, 1801 Diamond St. [Get details and RSVP]
  • SEAMAAC National Voter Registration Day 11:00 a.m. Varoius locations including at Drexel, Temple, Penn, CCP and the South Philadelphia Library [Get details and RSVP]
  • National Voter Registration Day 1:00 p.m. College Green, Locust Walk [Get details and RSVP]