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Drexel Votes

A guide to voting in Pennsylvana, and US elections.


The 2024 General Election date is Tuesday, November 5th. 

What's the deadline to register in your state?

Voter Registration and You

You are eligible to vote in U.S. federal elections if:

  • You are a U.S. citizen.
  • You meet your state’s residency requirements.
  • You are 18 years old. Some states allow 17-year-olds to vote in primaries and/or register to vote if they will be 18 before the general election.  Check your state’s voter registration age requirements.

Voter Registration Deadlines

In all states except North Dakota, you must register before you can vote. Registration deadlines vary. Some states close registration 30 days before the election, while others allow voters to register up to and on Election Day.  Find out your state's voter registration deadline for the general election.

Voter Registration is by State

  • You must be registered in your state of legal residence; as a student, this can be either your home address, or your campus address. If you’ve changed states permanently, you must re-register in your new state.

    • You can’t be registered to vote in more than one place at a time. When you register to vote in a new location, you’ll be asked for your previous address. Your new election office will send a cancelation form to your previous election office.

  • If you’ll be temporarily away from home during the election, you can vote by absentee ballot with your state of legal residence. Examples of voters who’ve moved or are away temporarily include:

    • Military members stationed outside of their state of legal residence
    • Students attending college out of state
    • People on vacation or business trips

Different states use different rules and procedures for voting; some states allow early voting or voting by mail; others don't. Make sure you know what the procedures are in the state where you are registered. You can only vote at a Philadelphia polling place if you are registered to vote in Pennsylvania, at a Philadelphia address!

Voting in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania has recently (9/19/2023) announced implementation of "automatic voter registration", integrated with the driver's license/State ID application process. WHYY news story: Pennsylvania has made it easier to register to vote when drivers get or renew a license

Pennsylvania Mail-in Ballots


  • Complete your ballot by filling in the oval next to your selected candidates' names.
  • Put your ballot in the blue "Official Election Ballot" envelope. Seal the envelope; do not write anything on the outside.
  • Put the blue Ballot envelope into the white pre-addressed mailing envelope.*
  • On the back of the mailing envelope, sign and date the envelope. Per a recent Supreme Court ruling, it is possible that undated ballots will not be counted.
  • Return your ballot by U.S. Mail in time for it to arrive at your county elections office by Tuesday, May 16th; it is not enough for it to be postmarked by the 16th.
  • Or, drop it off at your county election office; in Philadelphia, official ballot drop-off locations, and mobile ballot collection locations/times are announced in the weeks immediately preceding the election. Ballots must be dropped off by 8:00 p.m. on election day.
  • You may only drop off your own ballot; if you have a disability that prevents you from delivering your own ballot, you must complete this form to designate an "agent" to deliver your ballot for you.
  • If you did not return your mail-in or absentee ballot and you want to vote in person, you have two options:
    • Bring your ballot and the pre-addressed outer return envelope to your polling place to be voided. After you surrender your ballot and envelope and sign a declaration, you can then vote a regular ballot.
    • If you don't surrender your ballot and return envelope, you can only vote by provisional ballot at your polling place. Your county election board will then verify that you did not vote by mail before counting your provisional ballot.

* In Philadelphia terms -- put the jawn in the jawn, put that jawn in the other jawn, and sign and date the back of the jawn!

Philadelphia Mail Ballot Updates

Vote-by-mail Ballots for Philadelphia voters have been updated to make the voting and return process clearer; see descriptions at

Ballot Drop-Off locations: Ballots can be returned by mail, or dropped off at Election Offices including the new satellite office at 4029 Market Street, or official drop-box locations.

Voting in Philadelphia

About Wards, Ward Leaders, and Committee Persons:

Philadelphia is geographically divided into 66 wards. Each ward is further divided into 10-50 divisions based on population. Every four years, during the primary election of the governor’s race, registered Democratic voters in each division elect two of their neighbors to serve as the division’s Democratic committee persons; likewise, registered Republican voters elect two Republican committee persons. The elected committee persons make up each party’s ward committee, and vote for a ward leader shortly after the election, usually informally at a meeting of the ward committee. Read more about the important of Ward Leaders at .

Drexel University (University City Campus) is in the 27th ward. The Ward Leaders are: