Governor Shapiro issued an executive order to make voter registration at DMV automatic.
“Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our democracy, and as Governor, I’m committed to ensuring free and fair elections that allow every eligible voter to make their voice heard,” Shapiro said in a statement. “Automatic voter registration is a commonsense step to ensure election security and save Pennsylvanians time and tax dollars.”
Studies have found that the policy’s adoption is tied to both higher registration and higher voter turnout.
Eligible residents who are obtaining new or renewed driver licenses and ID cards through PennDOT will now be automatically taken through the voter registration application process.
By implementing automatic voter registration, the Commonwealth joins 23 states that have taken this step to streamline the process, save time and money, and increase voter participation and turnout.
Previously, eligible voters had to opt into the voter registration process. This change means they now have to opt out. Automatic voter registration does not impact voter eligibility requirements and is expected to help promote election security by making the process more efficient.
But you do not have to make a trip to the DMV to register. Deadline for the 2023 general election is October 23, 2023. Go to vote.pa.gov/register