On-campus Voter Registration will be predominantly online during Fall 2020, to take all possible precautions in the context of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
The next election is the Federal General Election, on November 3, 2020.
The last day to register to vote in the upcoming election is October 19, 2020.
On the day of the Election, all on-campus residents, except those few who live in Cadbury House, will be able to vote on campus, inside the Facilities Management building.
To minimize the potential for vectoring and to support the health of the Haverford community and those with whom our community members might interact, students should not participate in off-campus voter engagement or election volunteering this fall.
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, students registered at their College address are encouraged to vote via mail-in ballot. Thanks to Pennsylvania Act 77, ALL registered PA voters may now vote through the mail.
- If you have a Pennsylvania driver's license, you may request a primary ballot online.
- If you do not have a Pennsylvania driver's license, you will need to:
- download and print a paper application
- mail the application to Board of Elections, Gov’t Center Building, 201 Front Street, Media, PA 19063-2728 (unless you are registered to vote at Cadbury House, in which case, you'll need to mail your application to the Montgomery County Ballot Office) If you don't have access to a printer, download and fill out the paper application, and then email it to Professor Zach Oberfield, who will mail it in on your behalf.
- Anyone registered to vote in states besides Pennsylvania should consult the resources at vote411.org/ to identify the appropriate procedures for requesting an absentee or mail-in ballot. Each state has different deadlines for requesting absentee ballots, and different dates for the primary elections themselves.
- Anyone registered to vote who is studying abroad or residing abroad should complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov to request an absentee ballot.
Mail-In & Absentee Ballot Deadlines
To allow enough time for postal processing, request your mail-in ballot by October 13 and return it by October 20, so that it arrives by November 3.
If you return a voted ballot by the deadline, you may not vote at your polling place.
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 previously registered in Pennsylvania, and seek to confirm their status, should use the PA Department of State portal.
Voter Registration Deadline
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 inside the Facilities Management building. Those students living in Cadbury House live in Montgomery County, and vote in the Lower Merion 4-2 district. This has historically taken place at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, but was moved to the Penn Valley Elementary School for the June 2020 Primary. When a location is finalized for the November 2020 election, we will update this page to reflect the appropriate location.
In order to vote while overseas, students must complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) at FVAP.gov 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.
Registration Data and Participation Results from local Delaware County precinct:
These totals are derived from the Pennsylvania Department of State's publicly available voter data, and only reflect those students registered and/or voting in the local precinct. Contact Franklyn Cantor (email@example.com) with any questions.
- 2018 General Election (Federal): 625 students registered, 510 students voted (81.6% participation)
- 2018 Primary Election (Federal): 565 students registered, 138 students voted (24.4% participation)
- 2017 General Election (Municipal): 640 students registered, 205 students voted (32% participation)
- 2016 General Election (Presidential): 589 students registered, 523 students voted (88.8% participation)
Voting rights in the United States are established, supported, and regulated through an array of Constitutional amendments, federal voting rights laws, state laws, and Supreme Court decisions.
Enrolled Haverford College students have the right to vote using either their permanent home address, or the location of their residence while enrolled at Haverford College. The Haverford College OneCard is one of the acceptable forms of identification, one of which is required for a first-time voter in the state of Pennsylvania.
One opportunity to learn more about voting rights is Constitution Day, which is celebrated each year on September 17.
At Haverford, Constitution Day is recognized with:
- Shared resources about the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and landmark cases of the Supreme Court.
- Contemporary commentary about these documents, such as Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall's remarks at the Constitutional Bicentennial
- Information about the decennial census and re-apportionment
- Voter registration drives, and opportunities for civic engagement for those who are not eligible to vote
- Events, discussions, and opportunities for engagement, open to staff, faculty, and students.