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How to register or switch parties

One of the more important early points that's been raised about this primary is that it could be over for one candidate on March 24.

How to register or switch parties

One of the more important early points that's been raised about this primary is that it could be over for one candidate on March 24. That point was made by Dave Davies in his column on March 6:

"Here's a thought: For Obama, the primary is actually March 24.

"I exaggerate, but only a little.

"That's the deadline to register to vote in the primary election, and Obama could deliver the knockout punch that has so far eluded him if he gets a big push from the independent and first-time voters who've brought such energy to his campaign. ...

"So far, Obama has won primaries in only three states - Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland - plus the District of Columbia where only previously registered Democrats could vote."

Which raises a question that we can see coming up over and over again in the campaign: How to 1) register and 2) switch parties, if a voter is so inclined. So, as we get started, here's how you do that.

You can get registration forms at any post office, public library, or state store, at Room 142 of City Hall or your county's Board of Elections, or at any number of state agencies.

If you don’t want to leave the house, download the voter registration form from the Department of State’s Web site, www.dos.state.pa.us/voting, or at the Committee of Seventy Web site, www.seventy.org.

Mail the completed form to the address listed BY MARCH 24.

Easy.

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Thomas FitzgeraldThomas Fitzgerald joined The Philadelphia Inquirer in 2000, and has covered Harrisburg as well as city, state and national politics for the newspaper. He was a “boy on the bus” in the 2004 presidential campaign and during primary contests in 2000 and 1996.

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