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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in PA for the General Election is Oct. 19, 2020.

Can out of state students register to vote here?

Absolutely. You can register to vote in PA at your residence hall or apartment.

I am registered in Philadelphia, but because of COVID-19, classes are online and I no longer reside in Philadelphia. How can I still vote?

For students/faculty/staff who will be physically absent from Philadelphia county, you can vote by requesting an absentee ballot no later than a week before the General Election (Oct. 27, 2020). It is in your best interests to apply for an absentee ballot and return your completed ballot as soon as possible. For more information on the Absentee Ballot application and requirements, please visit: philadelphiavotes.com/en/voters/mail-in-and-absentee-ballots.

Can students already registered in PA register at their resident hall address?

Yes. All they have to do is check change of address at the top of the voter registration form.

What is my address?

Residence hall address follows the format in the table below, and the county and municipality are both "Philadelphia".

Residence Hall Address Format
Bentley Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
3301 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Caneris Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
115 N. 32nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Kelly Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
203 N. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Myers Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
3301 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

North Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
3200 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Race Street Residences

Your Name
Your Room #
3300 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Towers Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
101 N. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Van Rensselaer Hall

Your Name
Your Room #
3320 Powelton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

University Crossings

Your Name
Your Apt. #
3175 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Can I register to vote online?

How does absentee or mail-in voting work?

In Pennsylvania, you must request your ballot by Oct. 27, 2020, in order to vote absentee or by mail in the Nov. 3 general election. It is in your best interests to do so as soon as possible so you will receive your ballot with enough time to fill it out and return it. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 6 in order to be counted. Also, when filling out your ballot, be sure to follow all directions, including placing your completed ballot in the secrecy (inner) envelope before placing it in the outer envelope to be mailed or returned to a dropbox. Failure to use the secrecy envelope could result in your vote not being counted. Be sure to sign your ballot wherever indicated, or your vote may not be counted. For complete instructions, please visit the Philadelphia City Commissioners website or votespa.com.

If I requested a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania, can I change my mind and vote in person on Election Day instead?

Yes. Please wait for your mail-in-ballot to arrive in the mail. You will then need to surrender your ballot and the envelope on Election Day to your polling place to be turned in and voided, and then you can vote in person on your county's voting system. If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you can vote by provisional ballot. More information is provided on this flyer [PDF].

Does Philadelphia offer early voting?

Yes, the Philadelphia City Commissioners are setting up seven satellite offices throughout the city where residents can register and vote early in person via paper ballot. The satellite offices will be open seven days a week starting Tuesday, Sept. 29. Visit the Philadelphia City Commissioners website for more information.

Can I register at my residence hall if I am already registered at my parents' address?

Yes. You can register at your residence hall, but if you do you have to vote here. You can't register at both places and decide later where to vote.

Registering at your residence hall is more convenient for students because you don't have to get an absentee ballot or go home to vote.

What ID do I need at the polls?

A Drexel ID is acceptable. For a complete list of acceptable documents, please visit: philadelphiavotes.com/en/voters/voter-id.

Where is my polling place?

The Daskalakis Center is the polling place for all residence halls, located at 33rd & Market Streets. Houses north of Powelton have a different polling place. You can find the polling place for any address at votespa.com.

Will registering to vote in PA disrupt financial aid?

No. Financial aid packages will not be affected by registering to vote in PA.

Can I be a poll worker?

Yes. Students/faculty/staff who wish to become a poll worker, please visit philadelphiavotes.com/en/election-board-officials/pollworker and fill out the application. The Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office will be in touch with you.

Can I change my party registration?

Yes. You can change it as many times as you wish up to the deadline for the general election.

Does it matter what party I register for?

No matter what party you put down you will be able to vote for any candidate in the election. Party registration only affects what candidates you can vote for in primary elections. Again, party affiliation does not impact your vote in the general election.

Where do I learn about the candidates and where they stand on issues?

  • Great question! The Committee of Seventy is a non-partisan source for background information on candidates and issues in Pennsylvania.
  • The candidate's websites have issues pages you should check out.