COVID-19 Voting Resources
Many students registered to vote in Pennsylvania anticipating being able to vote in the upcoming Presidential Primary Election this spring. Your vote will still count—please follow the steps below to request a mail-in ballot:
1. Confirm that you are registered to vote in Pennsylvania using this link provided by the Pennsylvania Department of State.
2. Make sure you have arranged for mail delivered to your Bryn Mawr campus mailbox to be forwarded to your home address by first emailing email@example.com and providing your name and campus mailbox number along with a written request to forward your mail. Then make sure to check that your home address is correct in Bionic using the instructions provided by the Mailroom. This will ensure that any information sent to you from the Voter Services Office of Montgomery County will reach you.
3. Print out and complete the application for a Mail In Ballot. In the section “Where to Mail Ballot” make sure to write in the address where you would like to receive your mail-in ballot. Send the completed request form via US Mail to:
Montgomery County Voter Services
PO Box 311
Norristown, PA 19404-0311
Important deadlines to remember:
2020 General Primary Election in Pennsylvania
5/26/2020, 5:00 PM
Completed Mail-In Ballot Application Due in Montgomery County Voter Services
6/2/2020, 8:00 PM
Deadline to return your voted mail-in ballot
If you are not a Pennsylvania voter and would like to look at voter registration information and deadlines in another state, we recommend using VOTE411, a nonpartisan resource that provides up to date information for every state.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Ellie Esmond in the Career & Civic Engagement Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To confirm your status as a registered voter in Pennsylvania, please click here.
On Election Day, Civic Engagement runs an Election Day Shuttle between Pem Arch and our polling place, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. The Election Day Shuttle runs in a continuous loop between the Arch and the polls starting at 9 a.m. and running until 8 p.m.—you do not need to sign up or reserve a seat. Simply show up and, if the van isn't there waiting for you, it will be along in a matter of minutes! The Shuttle is a free, non partisan, no campaigning zone.
The Montgomery County polls officially open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. If you are interested in voting before the shuttle service is operational, the polling place is located a walkable distance from campus. Students with any accessibility concerns are encouraged to contact Ellie Esmond at 610-526-7320.
Please be sure to bring your Bryn Mawr College ID with you to the polls. First time voters will be asked to show ID. Your Bryn Mawr College ID is an appropriate form of identification.
If you registered to vote using your Bryn Mawr College address, your polling place on Election Day is:
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA, a short walk from campus.
College students have two choices regarding where they register to vote. They have the right to register and vote at their college or university, registering using their College address or they may choose to register (or remain registered) and vote at their prior home address.
Students who register (or remain registered) at their prior home address may either travel home to vote at their local polling place on Election Day or vote by submitting an absentee ballot prior to Election Day.
Deciding where to register and, ultimately, where to vote is a personal choice and one we encourage students to make for themselves. However, we do want all students to be informed about their options.
Pennsylvania voter registration forms are available in Civic Engagement (Dolwen, Cambrian Row) and at the circulation desks in the three BMC libraries—Canaday, Carpenter, and Collier. Students are welcome to visit Civic Engagement or any on-campus library for blank Pennsylvania voter registration forms and for assistance with voter registration.
PA voter registration forms must be filled in completely. Make sure to use your mailing address and include your Bryn Mawr College mailbox number—for example: 101 N. Merion Avenue, C-XXX, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. Deliver your completed form either in person or by mail to the Montgomery County Courthouse, PO Box 311, Norristown, PA 19404-0311
To learn more about registering to vote in Pennsylvania and to register online or download a Pennsylvania voter registration form, please click here.
If you are already a registered voter either in Pennsylvania or another state and you would like to change your registration so that you can vote at Bryn Mawr's polling place, you will need to re-register using your College address. Download the PA Voter Registration form using the link above, check the box marked "Change of Address" in Section # 2 and make sure to complete Sections 8a and 8b, filling in your previous address.
For non-partisan information about the races, candidates, and ballot questions, please visit the Vote411 website. By entering the BMC address (101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19010) into the site, Vote411 will allow you to view your local races, compare candidates and their positions side by side, and learn more about ballot questions. Be prepared when you enter the polls—make sure you are an informed voter!
If you are a registered Pennsylvania voter who will not be on campus on Election Day, you may request an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, please visit the Montgomery County Voter Services website and follow the instructions found there. The mailing address for sending your Pennsylvania absentee ballot via US Mail is provided on the Montgomery County Voter Services website.
For students who are studying abroad, please visit Overseas Vote to access registration forms and deadlines.
To learn more about registering to vote in your home state and submitting an absentee ballot, please click here. Please note that voter registration and absentee ballot request and submission deadlines vary from state to state, so be sure to pay attention to your state's particular regulations.
If you have any questions about voter registration or Election Day, please contact Ellie Esmond in Civic Engagement (email@example.com).