Voters have until March 24 to register for primaries

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic
Ron Byrd, campaign manager for Democtaric presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton, gives a pep talk to new campaign volunteers at the Monroe County Democrats office in Stroudsburg on Saturday, March 15, 2008.

The eyes of a nation will be focused on Pennsylvania on April 22 when the Democrats hold their presidential primary. Unregistered voters who want to participate have a week to register. The Republicans are having a primary, too. So if you want to take part in that primary, the same rules apply.

Who is eligible to vote? Anyone who is:

  • A citizen of the United States for at least one month before the election;
  • A resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which the individual desires to register to vote for at least 30 days before the election; and
  • At least 18 years old on or before the day of the election.

Only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary. The same voter registration form allows individuals to switch party status if they choose.

How to register.

1. Complete a voter registration application form and submit it to the county voter registration office in person or by mail: Monroe County Administrative Building, 1 Quaker Plaza, Room 105, Stroudsburg, phone (570) 517-3165; in Pike County, 506 Broad St., Milford, PA 18337, phone (570) 296-3426.

Forms can be submitted in person or by mail. They are available from the county voter registration office, or download a copy from the Pennsylvania State Department Web site (follow the link through the Pocono Record's voter guide at

2. Register online (follow the link through the Pocono Record's voter guide at This method still requires you to print and sign a form that must be received by your county voter registration office by the registration deadline.

3. Register in person at a state driver's license center or at some state government agencies. For a list of those agencies, see the Pocono Record's voter guide at Your form must be received by the county voter registration office no later than March 24. If you are mailing it in, give it a few days to get there.

For more information on registering to vote, applying for absentee ballots, using provisional ballots and finding your polling place, visit