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

  • VotesPA
    The Pennsylvania Department of State's online voting information and resource center.
  • Rock the Vote
    Rock the Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to engage and build the political power of young people.
  • Declare Yourself
    Declare Yourself is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit campaign to empower and encourage every eligible 18-29 year-old in America to register and vote in local and national elections.
 

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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 and scrolling down to your state. 

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.   

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

Is there a deadline to turn in an absentee ballot?

Yes!  All states have different deadlines, so check out your state’s requirements HERE.

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. 

  • The Student's Guide to Voting
    This site's main goal is to demonstrate and lead college students to exercising their powerful and fundamental right to vote.
  • Student Voting Rights
    This guide explains the basic residency, registration, identification, and absentee voting requirements for student voters in each of the 50 states and the D.C.
  • Long Distance Voter
    Need help voting by absentee ballot? Long Distance Voter will guide you through every step of the process.
  • The U.S. Election Assistance Commission
    This independent, bipartisan commission serves as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.

Voting History

  • Vote: The Machinery of Democracy
    This exhibition from the Smithsonian looks at the history of voting methods in the United States, which have evolved over the years as a response to political, social, and technological change, transforming the ways in which Americans vote.
  • Voting: Determining the Will of the People
    This video lecture, published by the Great Courses, is given by a professor at James Madison University and discusses alternative voting models.
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