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Voting Timeline

In general, you will need to follow these steps in preparation for voting:

Step 1: Check Registration Status

  1. Registered: If you have voted in previous elections, you are already registered to vote in that state. Skip to Step 3.
  2. Not Registered / Change of Registration Location: If this is the first time you will vote, or if you would like to register to vote in Pennsylvania, you will need to register. See Step 2.

If you would like to check your registration status, check your state's website for its Department of Elections.

Step 2: Register to Vote

If you have not registered to vote before, you will need to do so before voting.  You can register to vote either in your home precinct, or in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. See the section on registering to vote.

Step 3: Request an Absentee Ballot 

If you are registered and plan to vote in a county or state other than Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, you will need to request an absentee ballot.  Go to the website for your state's Department of Elections to find and submit an application for an absentee ballot.  Absentee balloting occurs via mail.  Note that absentee ballots must be requested, completed, and returned before Election Day. If you are registered in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, ignore this step.

Step 4: Locate Your Polling Place

  1. ​Registered in Cumberland County, PA: If you are registered to vote in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, at your college address, your polling station is: Bosler Memorial Library, 272 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013.  If you are registered at an off-campus address, go here to find your polling place.
  2. Registered Out of Area: If you are returning to your home to vote in person, use your state's resources online to find your polling location.
  3. Absentee Ballot: If you are voting by absentee ballot, you will not be voting at your polling place. Look on your ballot to find out where to mail it back.

Step 5: Vote!

  1. In Person: If you are voting in-person, you must visit your polling station on Election Day. Note that if are voting in this precinct for the first time, you must have an approved form of identification.
  2. ​By Absentee Ballot: If you are voting by absentee ballot, you must return your ballot by a time set by each state. Check you ballot for more information.  


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Use this guide as a tool for learning about the registering to vote in Pennsylvania, who is on the ballot in Pennsylvania, registering to vote outside of Pennsylvania, and investigating the issues in this election.  Use the tabs above to navigate through the guide.

Calendar of Important Events

April 13, 2020 - Last day to register to vote in 2020 Primary Election

April 28, 2020  - Primary Election Day





This guide is meant to be an objective, informational guide, and is provided by the Waidner-Spahr Library.  Nothing in this guide should be construed as support for any of the candidates or their positions.