Voter Registration

Federal Election Day - Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Register to Vote

  • Elizabethtown College encourages students to engage in the wider community, including participating in the electoral process.

  • In Pennsylvania, U. S. Citizens who will be 18 or older on election day may vote in the election.

  • Students may choose to vote either in Pennsylvania or in the state from which they moved.  A 1979 Supreme Court decision affirms the right of students to vote in the county and state in which they attend school, whether they live on or off campus.  Students can register to vote in the location of their student residence or their previous permanent residence.

  • Note that changing your voter registration from one state to another may impact some recipients of state government aid and a small number of recipients of private scholarships and grants.  If you have one of these scholarships or grants please be sure to check eligibility requirements.

  • Changing your voter registration from one state to another will not affect any of your federal financial aid, including Pell Grants, Perkins Loans and Stafford Loans, Direct Subsidized Loans, Direct Unsubsidized Loans, and other federal loans and grants.  It will also not impact whether you are considered your parents’ dependent for FAFSA (Federal Application for Student Aid) purposes.

  • Pennsylvania has been considered a swing state during the last several elections, and is likely to be a key state in the 2016 election.  

State Election Deadlines

Be sure to allow sufficient time to apply and process your request and ballot ahead of final deadlines

State Voter Registration Deadline Online Voter Registration Absentee Ballot Request Deadline Absentee Ballot Return Deadline  Early In-Person Voting 
 PA Tue Oct 11, 2016  Yes Tue Nov 1, 2016 at 5:00 pm EST Fri Nov 4, 2016 by 5:00 pm EST No
 MD Tue Oct 18, 2016  Yes Request for Postal Ballot by Tue Nov 1, 2016

Online by Fri Nov 4, 2016

Postmarked by Tue Nov 8, 2016

Received by Fri Nov 18, 2016

Thu Oct 27, 2016 - Thu Nov 3, 2016
 NJ Tue Oct 18, 2016  No Postal received by Tue Nov 1, 2016

In-Person Request by Mon Nov 7, 2016 at 3:00pm EST

Tue Nov 8, 2016 by 8:00pm EST No
 DE Sat Oct 15, 2016  Yes Mon Nov 7, 2016 at 12:00pm EST Tue Nov 8, 2016 by 8:00pm EST No

Fri Oct 14, 2016


Postmarked by Tue Nov 1, 2016

In-Person Request by Mon Nov 7, 2016

Postmarked by

Mon Nov 7, 2016

Received by Tue Nov 15, 2016


Voter Registration Links

PA Online Voter Registration

MD Online Voter Registration

NJ Voter Registration – Forms for Mail-In

DE Online Voter Registration

NY Online Voter Registration

For American Citizens Overseas – Federal Voting Assistance Program

Find Your Polling Place

VotesPA- Voting resources  

Find Your PA Polling Place

Find Your Polling Place and Other Voting Information – provided by National Association of Secretaries of State

Voter Info

Student Voting Guide - Brennan Center for Justice 

Fair Elections Legal Network

Your Vote, Your Voice

Project Vote Smart

Rock the Vote – Find voting information, polling places, election information