Voter engagement is about learning how to participate in upcoming elections through voter registration and turnout, but it also involves opportunities for students to become educated about key issues and races, as well as why civic participation through voting is so important. The Center for Civic Engagement & Social Impact works with a number of campus and community partners to provide comprehensive voter engagement programs and information to all WCU students, faculty and staff. Below, you will find many Frequently Asked Questions (and answers!), as well as useful resources to prepare you for the 2022 elections, and beyond!
Voting resources for the campus community:
- REGISTER TO VOTE
- Are you voting by mail? The deadline to apply for your ballot is Nov. 1st (but we recommend that you do it much earlier). You can mail your ballot to your county's voter services office.
- If you are voting by mail, make sure you pay very close attention to the instructions included in your envelope. We recommend checking out this video for more information.
Learn more about the candidates and issues:
- Who is on your ballot? PA voters can find out here or here.
- Want help evaluating candidates? Check out this guide or take this online quiz to help you decide based on the issues.
- Seven Tips for First Time Voters
When is the GENERAL ELECTION?
- The general elections will take place on Tuesday, November 8th. These elections will include many local and state races.
- Learn about what’s on your ballot HERE.
HOW do I register to vote?
- Be a United States Citizen for at least 30 days before the next election.
- In PA, you must be a resident of Pennsylvania and your election district for at least 30 days before the next election.
- Be at least 18 years of age the day of the next election. NOTE: You do not have to be 18 to register, as long as you will turn 18 by the election.
- You may only register to vote in one place.
- Visit http://vote.gov to register to vote.
WHERE do I register to vote?
- Register online, HERE.
- Check your voter registration status by using this voter registration lookup tool.
- You should register to vote at the location where you plan to be on the date of the general election (unless you are voting with an absentee or mail-in ballot). Information about changing your voter registration location can be found HERE.
How do I check my VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS?
If you’re unsure of if or where you are registered to vote, you can easily check your status online, HERE. It’s important to know this information ahead of time, particularly in the time of COVID-19, so you are prepared if you have to make changes.
When is the DEADLINE to register to vote in the 2022 General Election?
- Pennsylvania: Oct. 24, 2022
- Delaware: Oct. 15, 2022
- Maryland: Oct. 18, 2022
- New Jersey: Oct. 18, 2022
- Registration information for additional states can be found HERE.
How do I VOTE BY MAIL?
- The PA deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the GENERAL ELECTION is October 24, 2022. (Live in another state? Check your state’s deadlines here).
- PA residents can apply for a mail-in ballot HERE.
- Once you have applied, you can check your application status HERE.
- Ballots must be mailed back and received by county voting officials by 8pm on November 1st in order to be counted!
- Due to COVID-19 and depending on the availability of your county voting office, some mail-in ballots might not arrive quickly. If you are concerned about receiving your mail-in ballot by the deadline on Nov. 1st, you can contact your county voting officials.
How do I vote with an ABSENTEE BALLOT?
As a student, can I register to VOTE AT MY SCHOOL ADDRESS?
Yes! You have the right to register to vote at your school address—this includes a residence hall address, off-campus apartments, etc. Any student living on campus is entitled to the same rights as any other student/person.
If you live in a USH residence hall or apartment check here for the correct address to put on your voter registration application. If you live in a University owned residence hall or apartment check here for the correct address to put on your registration application.
I am in the ARMED FORCES. How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote and request a ballot through the Overseas Vote Foundation.
I am ABROAD. How do I register to vote?
As long as you are abroad temporarily (studying or for a temporary internship), you should register for an absentee ballot. If you are living abroad, you should contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program (fvap.gov). They specialize in getting people who live abroad registered to vote. The rules for people living abroad are different for those living in the United States. The FVAP can also be reached by phone at (800)438-VOTE.
I am a voter with a DISABILITY. Will my polling place be accessible and what options do I have to cast a ballot?
Every voter has the right to cast a private and independent ballot, including voters with disabilities. If you want to learn more about what your voting rights are or were denied the right to vote because of your disability, refer to your state’s National Disability Rights Network Member agency (look up by state here). Additional resources for voters with disabilities can be found through the S. Election Assistance Commission.
I am, or I know someone who is MENTALLY IMPAIRED/DISABLED. Can I/they vote?
I was previously convicted of a FELONY. Can I register to vote?
If you were convicted of a felony, your voting rights may vary from state to state. Learn more here.
Do I need to re-register if I’VE MOVED?
Yes, if you have changed your address, changed your name, or need to change your political party, you must re-register. Learn more here.
Do I need to be a U.S. citizen to register to vote?
You must be a naturally born or fully naturalized U.S. citizen to register to vote.
Do I need to be 18 to register to vote?
Voter registration age requirements vary by state, but most states (including PA) allow individuals who will by 18 by the next election to register to vote. Learn more about state requirements here.
Do I need to show IDENTIFICATION to vote?
Most states require some form of identification either when you register and/or when you vote. The rules vary by state. In PA, ID is required to vote only for voters who are voting in a given district for the first time. Forms of ID include: a PA driver’s license or PennDOT ID card, ID issued by any Commonwealth agency, ID issued by the U.S. Government, U.S. passport, U.S. Armed Forces ID, Student ID or an Employee ID. Learn more about State Voter ID laws.
Oct 18th: NJ deadline to register to vote before the general election. Register HERE.
Oct. 24th: PA deadline to register to vote before the general election. Register HERE.
Nov. 1st: PA deadline to apply for an absentee or mail-in ballot at 5pm!!! You can do so HERE.
Nov 8th: General election; Polls are open from 7am – 8pm. Find your polling location HERE.
Nov. 8th: General election; mail-in and absentee ballots must be received by the county voting office by 8pm in PA.