WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE
If you’re a college student, the results of elections will potentially have a huge impact on your everyday life — but you can’t make a difference in that outcome unless you actually vote. College-aged voters have the potential to significantly impact political elections and to shape their own future, rather than have it shaped for them.
All voters must register four weeks prior to the election in order to vote in the upcoming election.
REGISTERING TO VOTE IN PENNSYLVANIA
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- A person may vote in Pennsylvania if they:
- Are a citizen of the United States for at least one month prior to the next election date
- Are a legal Pennsylvania resident who has lived in the same voting district for at least 30 days prior to the next election
- Will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election
Voters who register in Pennsylvania are asked to provide a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or state-issued identification number. A Social Security Number will be accepted if valid photo ID is unavailable. Applicants who cannot provide any of these forms of ID must check the appropriate box on their registration form.
Pennsylvania voters must reside in the same voting district for at least 30 days prior to the next election date in order to register in that district.
How to Register
- In Person: Voters in Pennsylvania may complete a registration form in person at their county voter registration office.
- Additionally, in-person registration is offered at the following locations:
- Any state office that provides services to disabled individuals
- U.S. Military recruitment centers
- County Clerk of Orphans’ Court offices and Marriage License Bureau offices
- Area Agencies on Aging offices
- Centers for Independent Living
- County Mental Health and Mental Retardation offices
- Any college or university that offers services for disabled individuals
- Offices of Special Education
- DA Complementary Paratransit offices
By Mail: Pennsylvania voters may mail their signed registration form to the designated county voter registration office. A printable version of the application is available online.
Online: Those who wish to register online may submit an electronic application.
The deadline to register to vote for any election in Pennsylvania is 30 days before the scheduled election.
HOW TO VOTE
Where do I Vote?
Registered voters in Pennsylvania cast ballots in person at designated polling stations, which are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on scheduled election dates. Those who wish to locate their polling location may use an online address aggregator.
Applications for absentee voters in Pennsylvania are available through County Board of Elections offices.
In order to be eligible for an absentee ballot, voters must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- A member of the U.S. Armed Forces or Merchant Marines who will be stationed outside their designated district on the election date, as well as their spouse and dependents.
- An individual who will be absent from their district on election day due to “elector’s duties, business or occupation”, including leaves of absence for teaching, vacations and sabbaticals. This also includes the individual’s spouse and dependents.
- An individual who is bedridden or hospitalized due to chronic illness and/or physical disability.
- A county employee who will be unable to visit their designated polling station due to election day duties.
- Any individual observing a religious holiday or practicing religious beliefs that conflict with in-person voting.
Any Pennsylvania voter who wishes to request an absentee ballot must provide a copy of their valid driver’s license, passport, military ID or any other form of identification that includes their name, a photograph and an expiration date.
VOTING IN COLLEGE
What you need to know
Students in Pennsylvania may register to vote in their school’s district if they wish to vote in local elections. Alternatively, they may remain registered on their parents’ address and vote in home district elections using an absentee ballot.
WHERE TO GO FOR MORE INFORMATION
Elections in Pennsylvania are run through the Secretary of State’s office. For more information, please visit: www.votespa.com