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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.