PITTSBURGH, MARCH 22, 2010 – State Sen. Wayne D. Fontana (D-Allegheny) today reminded eligible voters that to participate in the May 18 primary election, they must be registered by April 19.

“This is an important election year for Pennsylvanians,” Fontana said. “It is vital that all eligible voters make sure they are registered, and more importantly that they get out and vote.”

Fontana said in this year’s primary voters will cast ballots for candidates for Governor and lieutenant governor, their state senator and representative, and U. S. senator and U.S. representative.

Voter registration and absentee ballot applications are available on Fontana’s Web site, www.senatorfontana.com. Applications must be postmarked or personally delivered to the applicant’s county board of elections no later than Monday, April 19. Fontana said applicants should contact their county board of elections if they do not receive confirmation of their registration within 14 days of sending the application.

Printable voter registration and absentee ballot applications are also available at the Department of State’s voter education Web site, www.VotesPA.com. The site provides a variety of resources including county board of elections contact information and a polling place locator.

To be eligible to register to vote in Pennsylvania, you must be: a citizen of the United States for at least one month before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election; a resident of Pennsylvania and the election district in which you wish to register and vote for at least 30 days before the next primary, special, municipal, or general election; and at least 18 years of age on or before the day of the next primary, special, municipal or general election.