Deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania is today

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The registration deadline is Tuesday for Pennsylvanians who want to vote in the presidential election next month. (WPVI)

The registration deadline is Tuesday for Pennsylvanians who want to vote in the presidential election next month.

And plenty of people made sure they beat the deadline.

"For me, personally, it's important because of the historic nature of Hillary Clinton's candidacy as a woman," said Amanda Jones-Layman of Center City.

Those making sure everyone is registered, like Carlton Murray, say the slogan "every vote matters" has never been more truer.

"They have a say in the change in what happens in the country, and people don't realize that if they go out to vote, they can make a difference," said Carlton Murray of Norristown, Pennsylvania.

There's no need to go into why so many view this election as so important.

Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump has been polarizing.

The turn out to vote huge in Philadelphia.

"Hectic. Our doors opened at 8:30 this morning, and we've been nonstop," said Gregory Irving, voter registration administrator.

In Montgomery County, more than 16,000 voters have registered since the primary.

"We've been really busy. We see this every presidential cycle. We see a real uptick in our voter registration, and our staff here in Montgomery County they have been working so hard," said Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Valerie Arkoosh.

The Nov. 8 ballot also includes a competitive race for U.S. Senate that pits Republican incumbent Pat Toomey against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty.

All of Pennsylvania's 18 seats in the U.S. House and all 203 seats in the state House are also up this year, along with half the 50-member Senate. There will be only one candidate in many of the legislative elections.

Three statewide row offices will be decided, for attorney general, auditor general and state treasurer.

Voters will decide whether to amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to let justices, judges and district judges serve until age 75. The state's current mandatory retirement age for jurists is 70.

At this point there's only two ways to register:

The easiest is online at:

To make it even easier to register, you can text the letters PA to the number 28-68-3.

The state will send you a link to the registration website.

Or you can walk into your county's voter services office. Many are staying open late.

Philadelphia is until midnight. Montgomery County is open until 8 p.m.

The Associated Press contributed to this post.
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