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.
Pennsylvania's 2021 Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, May 18. Monday, May 3, is the last day to register to vote in the primary. The last day to request a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is May 11 by 5 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 votespa.com, or call the Pennsylvania Department of State's toll-free hotline at 1.877.VOTESPA (877.868.3772). Information specific to Philadelphia is available from the Philadelphia City Commissioners at philadelphiavotes.com.
Wondering what's on the ballot this spring? The Committee of Seventy's "Build Your Own Ballot" tool allows you to see the candidates and questions you will encounter when you vote, so you can research and plan ahead. This year, there are several statewide races in Pennsylvania that will be on the ballot, as well as four statewide ballot questions. There are also local elections on the ballot in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties.
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:
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. Nonpartisan voter engagement activities such as staffing voter registration drives or Election Day polling places are also approved under this 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 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 Vision 2020. The coalition is focused on increasing the number of students who participate in the electoral process.