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“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to do so wisely. 
The real safeguard of democracy therefore, is education.”  FDR

 

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”  Nelson Mandela


Due to COVID-19, the primary election in Pennsylvania has been moved to June 2, 2020.  The deadline to register to vote in the June 2 primary election is May 18, 2020.  The deadline to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is May 26, 2020.  The deadline for your Pennsylvania county board of elections office to receive your completed ballot is June 2, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

The Engaged Learning and Community Involvement (ELCI) office strongly encourages all eligible RMU students to register to vote, become educated about political parties, candidates and pressing issues, and vote in every election.  Each state has its own procedures and deadlines for registering and for voting.  Details for all states are available on the websites listed at the bottom of this page.

A student can register to vote by using his/her home address or by using his/her campus address.  If a student registers with his/her home address, s/he then must either go home to vote or apply for and submit an absentee ballot.  A student who registers to vote using his/her campus address votes at the local polls at the Moon Area School District campus. 


Applying for & Voting by Absentee Ballot
If you register to vote in your hometown and want to vote by mail-in or absentee ballot, you must apply to have a maiil-in or absentee ballot sent to you.  It will not automatically be sent to you.  Each state has its own deadline for applying for and submitting an absentee ballot.  Not all states offer the option of a mail-in ballot.  For more details regarding applying for and voting by mail-in or absentee ballot, check out the websites below and/or contact the ELCI office for assistance.
 
Voting in Pennsylvania for the First Time?
Will you be voting in Pennsylvania for the very first time?  If so, you must take a photo ID with you to your polling place.  A PA driver's license or RMU Freedom Card will work.  Other forms of acceptable ID and information about first time voting in other states can be found at the websites below.
 
Helpful Websites

 www.votespa.com

www.rockthevote.com