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NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.- The presidential election is on Nov. 8 and this means your time to register to vote is nearly here.

Students at Westminster are from all over the country and many might not realize they can vote even if they live as far away as California.

Political Science professor Shannon Smithey says you can get registered to vote in the upcoming election.  However, the deadline for voter registration in Pennsylvania is Oct. 11.

“It is our civic duty to vote,” said Shannon Smithey, Westminster College Political Science professor.  “You have an opportunity to make a difference and a lot of people choose not to exercise it.  We find that sad and unfortunate.  You’re throwing away the power that you do have to make a difference.”


voteProfessor Smithy’s 5 Reasons Why You Should Vote

  1. It’s your right as a citizen to vote, so take advantage of it.
  2. It’s  your civic duty.  Be part of the system and use your one BIG opportunity to make a difference.
  3. If you want to maintain your right to complain about the government, then get out and vote.
  4. This election will affect your life
  5. It’s easy to get registered– you can do it online.

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-9-44-03-pmYou must be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the election and you must be a U.S. citizen.  If you cannot vote in person in your home district, you can request an absentee ballot.  You must apply for an absentee ballot from your home county board of elections.  The board will send a paper absentee ballot that you then complete and return.

If you’re in Pennsylvania, your absentee ballot application must be received at least one week before the election.

You can registered to vote on Pennsylvania online.  The PA Department of State offers an online video that walks you through the process.  screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-9-42-46-pm

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