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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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania83%83%83%81%88%84%85%83%89%86%85%82%85%82%82%80%86%83%
Berks County75%76%75%73%80%80%78%78%84%79%80%76%79%78%77%75%81%77%
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania7,781,9977,773,5417,835,7757,688,2958,366,6638,073,3378,182,8768,112,9988,755,5888,473,8238,478,5098,168,2548,508,0158,223,4738,251,0508,073,1758,722,9778,435,015
Berks County210,944216,852215,040211,811235,166238,697237,355238,188259,102247,228252,248240,843250,356247,453246,433240,766259,800249,788
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
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




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