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What You Need to Know about PA's May 16 Primary plus Sample DELCO Ballot 


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Swatties: Do you want to be agents of change?  Voting can be an expression of your commitment to social justice. According to Spotlight PA, on May 16 Pennsylvania voters will be asked to pick a new state Supreme Court Justice as well as judges to set on Superior and Commonwealth courts. These appellate courts set down highly consequential decisions about elections, school funding, and more. Further down the ballot are more judicial contests as well as municipal races for local officials and school board members. These elected officials have regular, close contact with communities.

Pro Tip: You can’t vote if you don’t register. Make a voting plan that determines where, how and when you’ll register and cast your ballot. Don’t leave it to chance, make sure your voice is heard. 

Swarthmore College is committed to empowering student voters and has convened the Get Out the Vote (GOTV) committee to educate students on their voting rights and position them to participate in our democratic process. A nonpartisan group of staff, faculty and students, GOTV is here to help students navigate through what can feel like a mysterious and complicated process.

The Voting Process

Determine if you are elgible to vote Voters must be U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old on Election Day. Other requirements vary by state.
Register to vote Eligible Swarthmore College students can register to vote in either their home state or in Pennsylvania.
Learn about key deadlines Registration and mail-in ballot request deadlines vary by state. 
Research your ballot Elections can feature races at the county, state, and national levels and it's important to make an informed decision.
Decide how you will vote Some states, such as Pennsylvania, offer "no-excuse" voting by mail, which means that voters do not have to provide a reason for requesting a mail-in ballot.
Go vote! If you've decided to vote in person, find your polling place and make a plan to get there on Election Day. If voting by mail, mark key deadlines on your calendar.

Have a voting question?