Drexel Votes is a broad-based coalition of student organizations, schools, colleges and administrative offices committed to encouraging the entire Drexel University community — and particularly Drexel undergraduates — to become registered voters, educated and engaged citizens, and active supporters of the candidate of their choice. As the University is called upon from time to time to perform its civic duty as a forum for political discourse, we encourage all community members to register to vote and participate in every election.
In 2023, municipal elections will be held in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with a primary on May 16 and the general election on November 7. This year, Philadelphians will be voting for a new mayor, district and at-large City Council members, city commissioners, controller, sheriff, and register of wills, as well as various judicial races.
Key dates and deadlines for voting in this election are listed in the table below:
Pennsylvania Municipal Primary Election: Important Dates and Deadlines
|Last Day to Register to Vote
|Last Day to Request a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot
||May 9, 5 p.m.
|Election Day — Polls Open for In-Person Voting
||May 16, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
|Voted Ballots Must Be Received by County Election Office
||May 16, 8 p.m.
You can request a mail-in or absentee ballot, check your registration status, register to vote or download a registration form, and find information about your polling place at vote.pa.gov, or call the Pennsylvania Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1.877.VOTESPA (877.868.3772). Information specific to Philadelphia, including mail ballot drop-off locations, is available from the Philadelphia City Commissioners at vote.phila.gov. Information for other states can be found at vote.org.
Pennsylvania voter registration forms are also available on campus at the front desks of Creese Student Center (3210 Chestnut St.) and the Rush Building (33rd and Cuthbert streets).
Wondering what's on the ballot? The Committee of Seventy's Voter Guide allows you to see the candidates and questions you will encounter when you vote, so you can research and plan ahead.
Follow the Drexel Undergraduate Student Association on Facebook and Instagram @drexelusga, and follow Drexel University's student fellows with the Campus Election Engagement Project @drexelvotes. You may also use and follow the hashtags #studentsvote and #drexelvotes to find updates on social media about campus voter engagement.
Passionate about politics? Consider joining a student group:
Staff Leave Time for Voting
Through the Civic Engagement Leave Policy, benefit-eligible professional staff members receive up to 16 hours of paid time each year to use for civic engagement activities, including one hour of paid time off to vote. Should you elect to take this benefit for voting, please record the time as “Civic Engagement Time” in your time sheet or leave report. Nonpartisan voter engagement activities such as staffing voter registration drives or Election Day polling places are also allowed under this policy but must go through the approval process described in the policy. Please note that under Drexel's Code of Conduct Policy, employees may not use this time to engage in partisan political activities such as campaigning or engagement in protests, petitions, lobbying activities or strikes.
Inspired by the University's commitment to civic engagement, the Drexel Votes coalition is chaired by the Office of Government and Community Relations and the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, with contributions and support from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design BRIDGE Scholars Program, the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Drexel Hillel, Drexel Libraries, Drexel IT, Finance and Administrative Services, Pennoni Honors College, Student Life, Undergraduate Student Government Association, University Communications, and VisionForward. The coalition is focused on increasing the number of students who participate in the electoral process.