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Voter Education & Registration
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are
prepared to do so wisely. The real
safeguard of democracy therefore, is education.” FDR
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” Nelson Mandela
The OSCE strongly
encourages all eligible RMU students to register to vote. Each state has its own eligibility
requirements for registering and for voting.
Details for your state are available on the websites listed at the
bottom of this page.
If you live on campus or elsewhere in Moon Township you may
register using your Moon Township address and vote at the polls on the Moon Area
School District campus. If you prefer,
you can register in your home community and vote by absentee ballot or travel
home to vote.
If you register in Moon
Township, you can vote in the local municipal elections here and impact the
community that RMU calls home. If you
register in your home community you can vote in your local hometown
elections. If you register in Moon
Township, you can vote in PA elections.
If you register in your hometown in another state, you can vote in
that state’s elections. Either way, if
you are properly registered, you can vote in national elections.
The voter registration deadline in Pennsylvania is Monday,
October 6, 2014. (Check the websites
below to find the deadline for your state.)
This means that your completed voter registration form must be received by your county election
office by that date. (Postmarks don’t
count.) You can pick up a PA Voter
Registration Form from the OSCE in Nicholson Center, Room 250, M – F, 8:30 a.m.
– 5:00 p.m. Registration forms for PA and other states are available from the websites listed below. You can mail your voter registration form
through the OSCE for free.
Applying for & Voting by Absentee Ballot
If you register to vote in your hometown and want to vote by
absentee ballot, you must apply to have
an absentee ballot sent to you. It will not automatically be sent to you.
Each state has its own deadline for applying for an absentee
ballot. In Pennsylvania, for example, your county
election office must receive your completed application for an absentee ballot
by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election. Your county election office must receive your
completed absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Postmarks do not apply in either case. For more details regarding applying for and voting by absentee ballot, check out the websites below and/or stop by the OSCE for assistance.
Have questions? Stop by the Office of Student Civic Engagement, Nicholson Center, 250, M – F, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00
p.m., and we’ll be happy to help you!