Do you plan to vote for the first time in the November election? Have you voted in an earlier election, but not as a Pennsylvania resident? Do you plan to vote using an absentee ballot (will you be in Australia on Election Day)?
If you can answer “yes” to any of the above questions,
NOW is the time to act!
Here are a few important deadlines for the upcoming elections:
10/9/12 – deadline for registering to vote
10/30/12 – last day to apply for absentee ballot (but if you’ll be out of the country, don’t wait!)
11/2/12 – absentee ballot must be received by the County Board of Elections (Pennsylvania residents)
11/6/12 – Election Day!
Stop by the Voting Information table on the second floor of ATEC Tuesday through Friday this week for information on voting and to pick up a voter registration form.
If you have questions about the requirements for voter registration, you need to register, or you want to understand how voting will work, visit the College Student page of votesPA.
You can register to vote in person at a county registration office (in Carlisle for Cumberland County) or at PennDOT, or by filling out and mailing in the voter registration application. There is currently no option for registering online.
If you’ll be in Australia on Election Day and you plan to vote by absentee ballot, it’s crucial that you start the process NOW! Check out our Immersion Program subject guide for detailed information on the candidates and the voting process and on registering and applying for your absentee ballot using one form.
Know what forms of ID are acceptable, and have your ID with you when you go to the polls. If you don’t have a Pennsylvania driver’s license or state ID, you may be able to obtain a free photo ID from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation if you can provide the required documentation.
[highlight]Stay tuned…in the next few weeks you’ll learn how your Central Penn student ID will become an acceptable VOTER ID![/highlight]
Know where to vote!
[highlight]Shuttle service will be available to transport you to the polls on Election Day![/highlight]
EAST PENN SENIOR CENTER
98 S. ENOLA DR
ENOLA, PA 17025
In the meantime, learn more about the issues and the candidates, try out “VoteEasy“ which may help you determine which candidates are most closely aligned with your values, and learn more about the election process at VoteSmart.org, a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public through information.
Still need more information? Check out the library’s Election Day 2012 subject guide to find answers to all your questions!