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Vote. Your Voice Matters.

Are your registered to vote? Great! Now it's time to prepare for voting. How, when, and where you vote varies based on where you registered and where you'll be on Election Day, so use the information below that applies to you. If you can't remember where you registered or if you're registered at all, you can quickly confirm your registration status online.

Voting in Swarthmore

Where to vote in Swarthmore

When you registered to vote in Swarthmore you were assigned a polling location based on your dorm. You must vote at the assigned polling precinct. Not sure where you were living when you registered? Look it up.

RESIDENCE POLLING PRECINCT LOCATION ADDRESS DIRECTIONS
Dana Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Danawell Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Hallowell Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Lodges Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Mertz Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Alice Paul Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
David Kemp Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Mary Lyon Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.
Off-campus north of the tracks Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Off-campus housing south of the tracks and mostly west of Route 320 Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.
Off-campus housing south of the tracks and mostly east of 320 Eastern Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave. This is the same building as the Swarthmore Public Library in the Ville.
Palmer Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.
Parrish Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Pittinger Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.
PPR Apartments Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.
Roberts Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.
StrathHaven Western Cerebral Palsy Association of Delaware County (CADES), 401 Rutgers Ave. Go down Rutgers Ave (starts next to the PNC Bank). Cross Harvard and Yale. Continue up the next block, you'll see the CADES building on your left. This is a 15-20 minute walk from Parrish and a 10-15 minute walk from Mary Lyon.

Wharton

Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Willets Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Whittier Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Woolman Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.
Worth Northern Swarthmore-Rutledge School (SRS), 100 College Ave. SRS is down the hill of College Ave. Cross at the light and continue past the athletic fields on the right. This is a 5-10 minute walk from Parrish.

Prepare to vote in Swarthmore

HOURS: Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Be patient if there's a wait. Lines are likely especially at times before and after traditional office hours, or around noon, when office workers come to vote. If you are in line prior to 8 p.m. you will be allowed to vote. Do not expect to vote if you arrive at the polling place after 8 p.m.

GETTING THERE: Rides are available in College sponsored-vans and volunteer-driven cars from Parrish Circle for general elections (November) but not primary elections (May).  But, all the voting locations are within easy walking distance from the College. 

IDENTIFICATION: You must show ID if you are voting for the first time at your designated polling place. However, even if you have voted before, we recommend bringing your college ID anyway in case of any confusion at the polls. Do not use an out-of-state drivers license as voter ID. 

POSSIBLE PROBLEMS:

You're in the wrong polling place. If you end up at the wrong polling place, look up your voter registration information and head to that location. Most likely you went to CADES instead of SRS, or vice versa. Remember, you are assigned a specific polling location when you register to vote.

You're told you're not registered. If you go to the voting place for which you are certain you are registered but you are not on their list of registered voters, ask an official there for help. If no record of your registration can be found on that day, you should ask to vote a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots permit the county to research your registration. If your valid registration is found, your ballot will be counted. If no valid registration is found, your provisional ballot will NOT be counted and you will be informed by letter.

You're intimidated or challenged. Though unlikely, Swarthmore students may be challenged by other voters who question the authenticity of the students' Pennsylvania residence or registration. College students are indeed permitted to register to vote based on their residence at school (assuming they otherwise qualify to vote). In general, if anyone makes you feel uncomfortable about coming to vote, ignore them or report them to an Election Judge. All voting places have non-partisan Election Judges who understand the rules and can defend your right to vote. In some cases, there may be a delay if the election judge needs to work through the Pennsylvania "challenge rules" process—in these cases, expect to provide valid Pennsylvania voter ID, such as the mailer card and/or your College ID, and otherwise cooperate with the Election Judge.

Vote Back Home 

If you're registered to vote back home, your options for doing so vary by location. If you live near campus but outside of Swarthmore, you might be able to go home to vote in person. Some states allow early voting. Others only allow you to vote absentee if you cannot vote in person on Election Day.

Absentee voting also varies by state and have differing deadlines for applications and ballots. If you are voting back home and cannot vote in person on Election Day, request your absentee ballot well in advance. 

Vote While Abroad

Registered U.S. citizens living abroad are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. The Federal Voting Assistance Program will help you request your absentee ballot. Additional information can be found on the State Department website.

Explore Your Ballot In Advance

Before you get to the polls or complete your absentee ballot, it's helpful to familiarize yourself with what will appear on it. BallotReady.org and Vote.org are both trusted nonpartisan sources about candidates, what they stand for, and any referendum questions that may be put to voters.