Voter Education & Registration
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are
prepared to do so wisely.
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, 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 for the Pennsylvania Primary is Monday, March 28. (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 now register online to vote in Pennsylvania by logging onto register.votesPA.com . You also can pick up a PA Voter
Registration Form from the OSCE in Nicholson Center, Room 259, 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.
The Pennsylvania Primary will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. The Pennsylvania Primary is a "closed" election. This means that you must be a registered Republican to vote in the Republican Primary or a registered Democrat to vote in the Democratic Primary. For information about the Primary election in your state, log onto rockthevote.com or contact your county election office.
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 and submitting 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.