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Drexel Votes

A guide to voting in Pennsylvana, and US elections.

ARE YOU READY TO VOTE?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. 

What's the deadline to register in your state?
https://www.usvotefoundation.org/vote/state-elections/state-election-dates-deadlines.htm#MI

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

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 committeepersons. 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 http://phillywardleaders.com/learn .

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

Congressional, State and Local Elections

U. S. Senate Elections, 2020 Elections

Pennsylvania's senators are up for re-election in 2022 (Republican Patrick Toomey) and 2024 (Democrat Robert Casey, Jr.).

U.S. House of Representatives, 2020 Elections

All 435 House seats are up for election.

Pennsylvania Districts (Philadelphia-area Districts are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6)

State Executive Offices, 2020 Elections

State executive offices up for election in 2020 include 11 gubernatorial seats, nine lieutenant gubernatorial seats, 10 attorney general seats, and seven secretary of state seats. Including down-ballot races, there are 165 state executive offices up for election across 29 states in 2020.

In Pennsylvania:

State Legislators, 2020 Elections

Pennsylvania's state senators are elected to four-year terms and state representatives are elected to two-year terms. Legislators' terms officially begin on December 1 the year of their election. However, legislators take the oath of office the first Tuesday in January.

Local Elections

There are no Philadelphia municipal or judicial elections in 2020, but there are 4 Ballot Questions.