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Drexel Votes

A guide to voting in Pennsylvana, and US elections.


The Primary Election in Pennsylvania is April 28th. 

  • Pennsylvania has CLOSED primaries "In Pennsylvania, you can only vote for the candidates in the same political party you have named in your voter registration. "
  • Pennsylvania voters may now request a mail-in ballot. Mail-in ballot applications for the April 28, 2020, primary election must be received by your county election office by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
  • April 13th is the deadline to register to vote in the Primary election in Pennsylvania.

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 Philadelphia

Congressional, State and Local Elections