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Constitution Day and Voter Registration: Voter Registration

This guide will give you information on Civics, Politics, Voter Registration, and Constitution Day.

2020 Election Update!

Due to COVID-19, the Pennsylvania state primary has been delayed to June 2.  All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to vote both on June 2 and November 3.  The following information has been provided by the Pennsylvania Department of State concerning voting in Pennsylvania.  If you are a resident of another state, please see the guidelines for voting in your state.

Frequently Asked Questions from College Students About Voting in the 2020 PA Primary Election

1. Can I vote by mail in Pennsylvania?

Yes, ALL registered Pennsylvania voters can now apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot and vote from the comfort of home. Visit VotesPA.com/MailBallot for more information. Applying online is fast and easy and also mobile friendly. Plus, if you provide your email address when you apply, you will receive updates on your ballot status.

2. How do I request a mail-in or absentee ballot?

You have several options for requesting a mail-in or absentee ballot:

• Apply online with a valid PA driver's license or photo I.D. from the PA Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Apply online at VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot.

• Print, complete and return a paper application. Paper forms are available for download at VotesPA.com/MailBallot.

• Have a paper application mailed to you. Contact the Department of State to request an application. Email ra-voterreg@pa.gov or call 1-877-VOTESPA. Or you can contact your county to request a paper application. Find your county’s contact information at VotesPA.com/county.

• Apply in person at your county election office during normal business hours. Visit VotesPA.com/MailBallot for more information.

3. What are the deadlines for mail-in and absentee ballots?

The voter registration deadline is 15 days before an election. Mail-in and absentee ballot applications are due by 5:00 pm on the Tuesday before the election. Voted ballots must be turned in to the county election office by 8:00 pm on the day of the election. For the June 2, 2020, primary election:

• The deadline to register to vote is May 18, 2020. Paper applications must be received by your county election office by close of business on May 18th.

• Mail-in and absentee ballot applications must be received by your county election office by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

• Voted ballots must be returned to the county election office by 8:00 pm on June 2, 2020

4. Can I vote at my polling place on election day if I have already voted by absentee or mail-in ballot?

No. If a you submitted a voted absentee or mail-in ballot to your county election office by the deadline (before 8 p.m. on election day), you may not vote a regular ballot at your polling place on election day.

5. I requested an absentee ballot be sent to my address at college, but campus is now closed for the semester. What should I do?

Contact your county elections office to request that your absentee ballot be voided. You may then apply for a mail-in ballot or request the address on your absentee ballot be updated if you still will not be in your municipality on election day.

6. I moved after I requested my mail-in ballot. Will it be forwarded to me?

No. Contact your county election office to update your voter registration with your new address and to request that your mail-in ballot address be updated and a new ballot be issued if one was already sent.

7. I am a college student from out of state. I registered to vote at my school address in PA.

a. What do I do if I still want to vote in the PA primary?

If you want to vote in the PA primary, contact the county elections office of the county where you are registered your school is located. Request that an absentee ballot be sent to your current address.

b. What do I do if I want to change my voter registration and vote in my home state?

If you want to update your registration to vote in another state, contact the county elections office of the county where you are registered in Pennsylvania and request that your voter registration be canceled. Then, contact the voter registration office in your current county to register to vote or update your registration.

Uncle Sam Wants You!

The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.

-Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

Register to Vote Online

Here are some places you can register to vote online:

Important Dates for Election 2020

  • February 3 through June 6 - Primaries begin.  
  • July 13-16 - Democratic National Convention 
  • August 24-27 - Republican National Convention
  • September 29, October 7, October 15, and October 22 - Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates
  • November 3 - General Election

Remember, the general rule is that you must be registered to vote prior to the election.  Check your home state's rules for deadlines to register to vote in state primaries and the general election.

Frequently Asked Questions

                                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Am I eligible to vote? 

If you are a U.S. citizen and over the age of 18 - you can vote! 

I forget if I’m already registered or not.    

You can verify your voter registration by going HERE

I’m not registered yet, but I want to register to vote for this election!

Great!  You can fill out an online form HERE.  Please note that you’ll still be required to print off your registration form and mail it to your state’s election officials. 

Is there a deadline to register to vote? 

Yes!  Make sure you register early enough so you can vote in the upcoming election!  All states have different deadlines, but many, including Pennsylvania, require you to register 30 days before the election.  Check out your state’s requirements HERE.   

 

I am registered to vote in another town or state.  I’m going to be in Phoenixville on Election Day.  Can I go to the polls in Phoenixville? 

You must vote at your own polling place where you are registered.  To find out where your polling place is, go HERE and enter the address where you are registered.   

I won’t be able to make it home to vote on Election Day, since I’ll be on campus.  Can I vote with an absentee ballot? 

Yes!  Being away at college is a legitimate reason for voting with an absentee ballot.  First of all, make sure you are registered, and then go HERE to apply.  Please note that you’ll still be required to print off your registration form and mail it to your state’s election officials. 

Is there a deadline to apply for an absentee ballot? 

Yes!  All states have different deadlines, so check out your state’s requirements HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the page and select your state). 

Is there a deadline to turn in an absentee ballot?

Yes!  All states have different deadlines, so check out your state’s requirements HERE (scroll down to the bottom of the page and select your state). 

Student Voting

These sites give information on specific voting issues that are important to college students, such as absentee ballots, frequently asked questions, and the impact young people can make by voting. 

Voting History