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Election Day FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about voting in person, by mail, or in general. 

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Visit: Rose Garden Circle between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

What's Your Voting Plan?

  1. How will you vote? If you are voting in Swarthmore and have not already requested a mail-in or absentee ballot, it is too late to do so. Make a plan to vote in person. 
    1. Research your options if you're off-campus.
  2. Make a plan with a date, time, and location to cast your ballot!
    1. Already have your Pennsylvania mail-in or absentee ballot? Learn more about voting by mail in Swarthmore, including how to properly fill out and return your ballot.
      1. Pennsylvania mail-in and absentee ballots must be returned to a ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 (this is the Get Out the Vote Committee's recommendation) or postmarked by Nov. 3 and received no later than Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. 
    2. If you're going to vote in person, confirm where you'll cast your ballot and schedule time on your calendar to go to your polling place. Don't forget to factor in travel time and keep in mind you may have to wait in line. Find out more about voting in person in Swarthmore or find resources for voting in-person at your home or permanent address
  3. Do your research. In 2020, in addition to the presidential election, there are over 95,000 positions on the ballot across the country. 
    1. and are both trusted nonpartisan sources about candidates, what they stand for, and any referendum questions that may be put to voters.
  4. Vote! 

Before you can vote in the upcoming general election, you need to be registered to vote.

Pennsylvania's voter registration deadline has passed, but you may still be able to register at your home or permanent address.

Want more information on voting in Pennsylvania? 

Check out these short videos created by our 2020 Democracy Fellows Lily Fournier '23 and Frannie Richardson '23:

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Find out why Swarthmore is working hard to increase student voting and how you can participate.

Get engaged


Register to vote! Swarthmore students Ryan Azari, Jacob Demree, and Madeleine Ward are helping new students register to vote in Shane Lounge in Parrish Hall 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. #SwatBulletin #SwatPhoto For more information 

Voter registration table in Parrish Hall

Exercise those civic rights! #SwatVotes #SwatArt #YourVoiceMatters

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We voted! Did you? Today is the day to have a say in the future of our nation. Your vote matters. You matter. We'll be at Parrish Circle 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today if you'd like a ride to the polls. #SwatVotes #GetOutTheVote #CivicEngagement #Vote

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Who is your voting buddy? These members of the Swarthmore community are motivating each other to make sure their voices are heard on Election Day. #SwatVotes

Slideshow of campus voting buddy pairs together.

Today is the LAST DAY to register to vote in Pennsylvania. Don't miss out on making your voice heard! Visit for more information. #SwatVotes

Vote. Your voice matters.