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Register to Vote

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In order to vote, you first must register. Who can register and vote in the US? 

To be eligible to register and vote, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on election day
  • Be a US citizen for at least 30 days before election day

As a Swarthmore College student, you can choose to register in Pennsylvania or your permanent residence. Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA. Note: you may only register and vote in one place. To register in Pennsylvania , you must be a resident of the state for at least 30 days before election day. According to the PA Department of State, you can only be registered in one place.
Think you’re already registered? It's always a good idea to confirm this. Take 30 seconds to check your registration status.

NEW: GOTV is piloting a partnership with TurboVote -- a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization devoted to improving civic engagement through the use of technology. Students, faculty and staff can signup for TurboVote (for free) and opt-in for election information reminders sent via text and email.

TurboVote also offers voter registration guidance.  Note: if you choose their paper registration option, you'll receive a pre-filled National Voter registration Form but will need to add in an ID number and sign before sending it in. So, if you start your paper registration process via TurboVote, please look for their mailing to COMPLETE the registration process! If you choose to use your state's online voter portal, you will NOT receive a paper form from TurboVote.  Regardless of how you register, if you use a campus address, you must include your dorm name!

If you have accessibility concerns about the TurboVote site due to a disability, please contact us at Note: TurboVote is not a Swarthmore College website; data submitted with TurboVote is not under the College's protection or control.