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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

Voter Registration

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 .  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.
Primary Elections
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 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.

Helpful Websites