Voter Registration

Voter Registration

What does this measure?

The percentage of the voting-age population (18 and over) that is registered to vote.

Why is this important?

Voting is a basic right of all citizens. Registration indicates the citizenry's interest, commitment and belief in the value of participating in our political process.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, 77% of voting-age Berks County residents were registered to vote, less than the 83% in Pennsylvania as a whole. The county's voter registration rate was up 2 percentage points since 2000, a larger increase than the statewide rate during the same period.

Among neighboring counties, Lancaster and Lebanon had voter registration rates in 2017 that were similar to Berks. Rates were higher in Lehigh (80%), Chester (86%) and Montgomery (86%). Only Schuylkill was lower, at 74%. Since 2000, Lebanon's voter registration rate increased 4 percentage points, while Schuylkill and Lehigh had smaller increases of 1 percentage point. Registration was flat in Lancaster and dropped by 5 percentage points, in Chester and by 4 percentage points in Montgomery.

Notes about the data

Comparable national data are not available.

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Voter Registration
Berks County75%76%75%73%80%80%78%78%84%79%80%76%79%78%77%75%81%77%
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County91%87%87%87%95%83%84%81%89%88%88%84%88%85%86%82%89%86%
Lancaster County78%78%78%78%86%80%80%80%85%81%81%76%79%77%77%76%82%78%
Lebanon County74%72%70%71%77%76%76%76%82%81%81%76%78%77%77%76%81%78%
Lehigh County80%81%82%74%80%80%80%79%85%84%82%79%83%80%80%78%84%80%
Montgomery County90%86%87%87%96%91%91%91%96%94%94%86%88%86%86%84%90%86%
Schuylkill County73%75%75%74%78%79%78%77%80%79%75%72%73%72%72%72%76%74%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of State

Number of Registered Voters
Berks County210,944216,852215,040211,811235,166238,697237,355238,188259,102247,228252,248240,843250,356247,453246,433240,766259,800249,788
Berks County Regions
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County293,425282,669288,722292,684324,747290,269300,832292,265325,692327,936332,031320,604337,822331,893335,581325,158354,459346,137
Lancaster County269,874272,598274,504278,806312,878293,573299,487303,184326,501313,654317,635301,562314,567307,481311,498309,581335,791320,884
Lebanon County68,41566,71165,33466,72173,61873,24774,98576,18782,44082,89483,83878,90981,47680,02680,71780,18386,87884,092
Lehigh County189,278194,337197,473181,059197,797200,739205,754205,974224,029223,051219,772214,881226,453217,992219,898216,439236,081227,294
Montgomery County514,214496,089507,311513,063564,958540,151543,939546,614584,396576,927583,229532,726551,105541,723545,605536,061577,418555,513
Schuylkill County87,23788,48588,65687,30091,57192,04292,13691,57794,10593,75288,39984,63286,31684,64284,34482,63787,98985,062

Source: Pennsylvania Department of State

Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
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Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population Ratio Decreasing
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People Entering/Leaving Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing