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Drexel Votes

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 2022 Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, May 17. This year, Pennsylvanians will be voting for a new governor, an open U.S. Senate seat, all U.S. and state House races (every two years) and certain state Senate races (every four years). The 2022 General Election in all states will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Key dates and deadlines for voting in Pennsylvania’s 2022 elections are listed in the table below:

  Primary Election: May 17, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  General Election: Nov. 8, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. 
Last Day to Register to Vote  May 2 Oct. 24
Last Day to Request a Mail-in or Absentee Ballot May 10, 5 p.m. Nov. 1, 5 p.m.
Voted Ballots Must Be Received by County Election Office May 17, 8 p.m. Nov. 8, 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 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.

Resources

Student Engagement

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.

About

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.