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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 2018, 76% of voting-age Berks County residents were registered to vote, less than the 84% 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 2018 that were similar to Berks. Rates were higher in Lehigh (82%), Montgomery (88%) and Chester (89%). Only Schuylkill was lower, at 75%. Since 2000, Lebanon's voter registration rate increased 4 percentage points, while Lancaster, Lehigh and Schuylkill had smaller increases of 2 percentage points. Registration in Chester declined 3 percentage points while Montgomery dropped by 2 points.

Notes about the data

Comparable national data are not available.

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Voter Registration
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania83%83%83%81%88%84%85%83%89%86%85%82%85%82%82%80%86%83%84%
Berks County75%76%75%73%80%80%78%78%84%79%80%76%79%78%77%75%81%77%76%
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%86%86%82%89%87%89%
Lancaster County78%78%78%78%86%80%80%80%85%81%81%76%79%77%77%76%82%78%80%
Lebanon County74%72%70%71%77%76%76%76%82%81%81%76%78%77%77%76%81%78%79%
Lehigh County80%81%82%74%80%80%80%79%85%84%82%79%83%80%80%78%84%81%82%
Montgomery County90%86%87%87%96%91%91%91%96%94%94%86%88%86%86%84%90%86%88%
Schuylkill County73%75%75%74%78%79%78%77%80%79%75%72%73%72%72%72%76%74%75%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of State




Number of Registered Voters
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
Pennsylvania7,781,9977,773,5417,835,7757,688,2958,366,6638,073,3378,182,8768,112,9988,755,5888,473,8238,478,5098,168,2548,508,0158,223,4738,251,0508,073,1758,722,9778,435,0158,549,048
Berks County210,944216,852215,040211,811235,166238,697237,355238,188259,102247,228252,248240,843250,356247,453246,433240,766259,800249,788248,719
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County293,425282,669288,722292,684324,747290,269300,832292,265325,692327,936332,031320,604337,822331,893335,581325,158354,459346,137358,230
Lancaster County269,874272,598274,504278,806312,878293,573299,487303,184326,501313,654317,635301,562314,567307,481311,498309,581335,791320,884330,605
Lebanon County68,41566,71165,33466,72173,61873,24774,98576,18782,44082,89483,83878,90981,47680,02680,71780,18386,87884,09285,883
Lehigh County189,278194,337197,473181,059197,797200,739205,754205,974224,029223,051219,772214,881226,453217,992219,898216,439236,081227,294233,941
Montgomery County514,214496,089507,311513,063564,958540,151543,939546,614584,396576,927583,229532,726551,105541,723545,605536,061577,418555,513571,058
Schuylkill County87,23788,48588,65687,30091,57192,04292,13691,57794,10593,75288,39984,63286,31684,64284,34482,63787,98985,06286,007

Source: Pennsylvania Department of State




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
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 Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
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 Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
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 Maintaining
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 English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Maintaining
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
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
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing