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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, become educated about political parties, candidates and pressing issues, and vote in every election.  Each state has its own procedures and deadlines for registering and for voting.  Details for all states are available on the websites listed at the bottom of this page.

A student can register to vote by using his/her home address or by using his/her campus address.  If a student registers with his/her home address, s/he then must either go home to vote or apply for and submit an absentee ballot.  A student who registers to vote using his/hercampus address votes at the local polls at the Moon Area School District campus. 

The voter registration deadline for the 2016 national election in Pennsylvania is October 11, 2016.  (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 267, 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.  If you fill it out by hand make sure is legible.
                                                        On-Campus Voter Registration Drives
Weekly voter registration drives will be held on the dates listed below.  Time is 10 am - 2 pm unless otherwise noted.  Location is Nicholson 3rd floor outside the Admissions Office unless otherwise noted.
August 31
September 7 (at the Activities Fair, outside between Nicholson & Hale, 11 am - 2 pm)
September 14
September 16 (prior to the Constitution Day celebration at the Rogal Chapel, 11 - 11:45 am)
September 21
September 28
October 5
RMU voter registration drives are strictly nonpartisan as per University policy.  Thanks to our co-sponsors Sue Jamison, faculty, Social Sciences; College Democrats; College Republicans; Honors Program and Political Science Club.
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 your county election office must receive your completed application for an absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election - November 1, 2016.  Your county election office must receive your completed absentee ballot by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election - November 4, 2016.  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
Free Rides to/from the Polls at Moon Area High School
If you are registered to vote with your RMU campus address and need a ride to the polls at Moon Area High School, RMU will provide free van service leaving from the gazebo every half hour 8 am - 12 pm and 1 - 5 pm.
Voting in Pennsylvania for the First Time?
Will you be voting in Pennsylvania for the very first time on November 8th?  If so, you must bring a photo ID with you to your polling place.  A PA driver's license or RMU Freedom Card will work.  Other forms of acceptable ID and information about first time voting in other states can be found at the websites below.
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