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Swarthmore College is committed to increasing student participation in our democracy through voter registration and voting in primary and general elections. College students get to choose where they register and vote either in their permanent home state or at their college location. The College strives to empower students with the information they need to register and vote, regardless of where that may happen.

Swatties: Do you want to be agents of change? Participant in our democracy by voting. And, remember before you vote, you have to 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.

Resources on voting in Pennsylvania follow. For information on voting outside of PA, visit Campus Vote Project for details on individual states.


Key Pennsylvania 2022 Voting Dates 

from the Pennsylvania Department of State's election calendar

  • May 17: Primary election day
    • Last day to register to vote: May 2, 2022
    • Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: May 10, 2022
  • November 8: General election day
    • Last day to register to vote: October 24, 2022
    • Last day to request a mail-in or absentee ballot: November 1, 2022

Want to vote in PA? Here's who's eligible to vote registered voters who are:

  • 18 year of age or older
  • Citizens of the US
  • Resident of Pennsylvania at least 30 days before Election Day

Need to register in PA? 

Voting Resources for On-Campus Students includes a sample registration form, voting precinct lists and more.

Other resources include short animated videos by Lily Fournier '23 and Frannie Richardson '23: 

TIP: If you live on campus and register to vote in PA, you MUST use your dorm name as the place of residence. There are two polling places that serve campus, just listing the College's mailing address isn’t enough. Which dorm you live in determines where you vote. When filling out the form indicate: 

  • Street Address = 500 College Ave
  • Street Address 2 = “your dorm name” 

Want to know what's on the ballot? and are both trusted nonpartisan sources about candidates, what they stand for, and any referendum questions that may be put to voters.

Want to know what to expect on Election Day?

Check out Election Day FAQs for info on polling places, mail-in ballots and more.

Have a voting question? 


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