Voting Information for Students

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Voter Registration will be available on campus during First-Year Move-In Day, and throughout the early fall.

The next election is the Fall General Election, on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
The last day to register to vote in the upcoming Fall General Election is Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Pennsylvania uses the closed primary system, therefore the primary elections are only for registered voters who have chosen a party affiliation of Democrat or Republican.

To confirm your status as a registered voter in Pennsylvania in advance of the primary, use the PA Department of State portal.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018—the day of the General Election, the College will run a Voting Van between the Stokes Blue Bus Stop and Coopertown Elementary, the voting place for all on-campus residents, except those few who live in Cadbury House. The Voting Van runs in a continuous loop between Stokes and the polls, and there’s no need to sign up or reserve a seat; just show up and catch the next ride. This non-partisan effort, organized by Haverford Votes, seeks to increase student access to the electoral process. Voting Van service will run from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 pm. Visit the Haverford Votes Facebook page for more information, and contact Professor Zach Oberfield with any questions.

Registering to Vote:

As college students, Haverford students may choose whether they would like to register and vote at their educational institution, or at their permanent home address. Students who register at their permanent home address may either travel home to vote, or complete an absentee ballot per their state’s procedures. Choosing between the two registration locations is entirely the decision of each student, and the College only seeks to provide all pertinent information.

Students who have not yet registered, wish to register in Pennsylvania, and are eligible, should download, fully complete, and mail in a voter registration form.

Students who have previously registered in Pennsylvania, and seek to confirm their status, should use the PA Department of State portal.

Polling Place Location for Registrants Using Their Campus Address:

All students living on campus, except those few who live in Cadbury House, live in Delaware County and vote at Coopertown Elementary. Those students living in Cadbury House live in Montgomery County, and vote at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Study Abroad:

In order to vote while overseas, students must complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at to request an absentee ballot. The FPCA is a special absentee ballot for citizens who are living internationally during an election.

  • The FPCA must be completed and hard-copy mailed in regardless of whether it is a new or existing registration.
  • For more information about deadlines and voter eligibility, consult the Overseas Vote Foundation.
  • If a student has requested an absentee ballot and hasn’t received it from the state in time for the election, they may use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. This backup ballot can be completed using the FWAB online assistant by filling out the PDF or picking up a hard copy version from your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
  • If a student chooses to receive an absentee ballot via email, they still must print and mail the hard-copy back. These ballots may not be submitted by email.