Register to Vote at Penn


In Pennsylvania, U. S. Citizens who will be 18 or older on election day may vote in the election held that day.

federal election day

Penn students may choose to vote either in Pennsylvania or in the state from which they moved. The Law and a 1979 Supreme Court Decision give students the right to vote in the location of their student domicile, whether they live on or off campus. You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Therefore, you can decide whether your vote will make a larger impact if you vote in the location of your student domicile or if you vote in your previous permanent residence.

In national elections, Pennsylvania is often considered a battleground state. If you're from a non-battleground state like New York, California, or Texas, your vote will carry more weight in a national election if you cast it in Pennsylvania.

The next general election in Pennsylvania is on November 6, 2018. This will be a federal election. Pennsylvania will elect a U.S. senator, a U.S. congressman, a governor, and other state offices.

Registering to Vote

registration deadline

If you want to vote, you must register with your current name at your current address by 30 days before the election. To vote in the November 6 general election, you must be registered by October 9. October 9 is the last day to register to vote for the general election of 2018.

Pennsylvania offers several ways to register. You can register online. You can fill out a paper form (PDF), print it, and mail it in. Or you can take it to the County Board of Elections (address below). Or you can register at a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo license center when you obtain or update your driver's license.

The deadline for registering to vote in a Pennsylvania election is thirty days before the election. If you mail your form, it must be postmarked by that date. You can deliver it in person. Philadelphia's Board of Elections is located at 520 N. Delaware Avenue.

When you go to a polling place for the first time, you must show proof of identification; for example, a student ID card.

If you've moved here from another state and you'd prefer to vote there, you'll need to register in that state and then you may need to vote by absentee ballot. You can register and find out more about absentee voting at Rock the Vote.

Photo ID

First time voters in Pennsylvania must show proof of ID. Your valid Penn ID card is sufficient for students.

Find your Polling Location

Pennsylvania Voter Services will tell you where you vote (your polling place). You can also check with the County Board of Elections for polling locations (see below).

Contact Information for Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is in Philadelphia County. Visit the Elections website for Philadelphia County.

Voter Registration Board of Elections
520 N. Columbus Blvd., 5th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19123-4295
(215) 686-1591
Absentee Ballots: 215-686-3469
located on Spring Garden at Columbus Blvd (Delaware Ave.)
Philadelphia County Board of Elections
City Hall, Room 142
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 686-3943

For More Information

If you have additional questions about voting in Pennsylvania, please contact VotesPA, Pennsylvania's official voting information.

website: VotesPA
toll-free telephone: 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772)

Links for Voters

Resources for an Informed Electorate

Groups Supporting Voter Registration

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