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 Election takes place on Tuesday, November 2. Thanks to the advocacy of the Undergraduate Student Government Association, the University will close at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, in an effort to encourage voter turnout and in support of the USGA’s expanded efforts to make this a day of service. Although classes will not be cancelled, faculty are encouraged to be flexible when possible. In addition to the early closing, benefits-eligible professional staff members can receive one hour of paid time off to vote as an act of civic engagement; should you elect to take this benefit, please record the time as “Civic Engagement Time” on your time sheet or leave report.
In Pennsylvania, the polls are open until 7 p.m. on Nov. 2. You can 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 philadelphiavotes.com.
Wondering what's on the ballot? 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. Visit seventy.org/issues/elections-and-voting.
In odd-numbered years, like 2021, these November elections are also called municipal elections because there are no federal or state offices on the ballot. In Pennsylvania, there are state judicial races on the ballot this year.
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. 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 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.