Posted September 13, 2022

The Temple students’ guide to registering to vote in 2022

Answers to your questions about where, how and why to register to vote.

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Updated Sept. 13, 2022

Even though it’s not a presidential election year, it is time for midterm elections. This is your chance to vote for who will represent your state in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. It will also determine which political party holds a majority in each chamber of Congress for the next two years. Additionally, in Pennsylvania, a new governor will be elected.

So voting is important every year. And now is the time to prepare. You might even want to think about voting as a habit. By voting every year, you are more likely to keep voting. Keep those voting muscles strong by voting each year. Vote!

These midterm elections have a significant impact on our daily lives, so cast your vote for the people you want to be responsible for making local, state and national decisions.

If you haven’t already registered to vote, you’re going to need to do that. Where you register is based on your address. This can be your current address on or around campus or your permanent address. 

As a college student who may move frequently, it will take a little effort to plan where you want to register and where or how you plan to cast your vote.

We’re here to help you figure it all out.

I have to ask: Why should I vote?
Though you are not required to vote by law in the U.S., voting is a very important part of any democracy. By casting your vote for the leaders you feel best represent your ideas and interests, you ensure that your voice is heard. We think that if you spent some time thinking about how political decisions have affected you in the past year, you could come up with good reasons to vote.

Why register?
You can’t vote if you’re not registered. Registering is easy and only takes about two minutes. You can register here

I’m living in Philly now, but my hometown is elsewhere. How do I know where I should register?
This is a common question for college students. That’s why the Campus Vote Project developed this flow chart to help you figure it out. It lists the year 2020, but the info is still valid. Keep in mind that the deadlines and options are different depending on your state.

What information do I need to register?
Pretty much the basics, like your name and address. The only info that may be tricky for some is your driver’s license number—make sure you have that on hand. If you don’t have a license, the last four digits of your social security number also work.

What is the deadline for registering?
That depends on the state you register to vote in. Different states have different deadlines. The deadline for registering in Pennsylvania for the November 2022 municipal election is Oct. 24. You can find your state’s deadline in the state-by-state voting guide

I think I already registered. Is there a way to check?
You can confirm your registration status here.

I’m registered to vote at my Temple address. How do I find my polling place?
There are several polling locations within walking distance of campus, but the one you go to is determined by your address at the time of registration. Type in your address to find your polling place. On Election Day, that’s where you go to vote.

I’ve heard a lot about voting by mail. Can I do that?
Many states are allowing voters to mail in their ballots in advance of Election Day. Your state may require you to have a valid excuse to vote by mail, such as being unable to get to your polling place due to illness, injury or disability or being an out-of-state college student. Acceptable excuses vary by state, as do the deadlines by which you need to apply for a mail-in ballot. 
All Pennsylvania voters can vote by mail. The 2022 deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot in Pennsylvania is Nov. 1, but we recommend doing it earlier. Your completed ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day. It can be returned by mail or in person at your County Election Office. Find out about your state’s requirements and deadlines.

I’m an international student and I’m not eligible to vote. How can I get involved?  
Learn more about the process and encourage your friends to vote. You can also let them know about issues that are important to you.

For answers to more questions, visit Temple Votes. Happy registering!