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We want to help you vote on: NOVEMBER 3, 2020!

Please choose which of the following three groups you fall into and then follow the directions for that group. If you have any questions, please contact Erik Love or Sarah Niebler.


Group 1: Students who are registered to vote in Carlisle, but are not currently living here.

Group 1: Our recommendation is that you request an absentee ballot and have it sent to your current location.

To REQUEST YOUR ABSENTEE ballot...

  • If you do not have a valid PA driver's license, download and complete this form and mail it to:
    Cumberland County Voter Registration Office
    1601 Ritner Highway
    Suite 201
    Carlisle, PA 17013
  • If you have a valid PA driver's license, click here, click the "I am not a robot" box at the bottom of the page, and complete the form.
    • You are requesting an absentee ballot because you "will be absent from your municipality for the upcoming election."
    • The online form has built-in-checks, so if you are unable to complete it without errors, you may fill out the paper form and mail it in instead.

For a video walking you through the paper absentee ballot request form, click below.

 

Group 2: Students who are not registered to vote in Carlisle, and are not currently living here.

Group 2: Our recommendation is that you register to vote and vote where you are currently living.

Visit Vote.org to register to vote, and find information about whether you can vote by mail. Remember, if you request to vote by mail, send your ballot back as early as possible, or consider droppping off your ballot in person at a drop box location if one is available in your community.

Group 3: Students living in Carlisle

Group 3: Our recommendation is that you vote in Carlisle. Registration information, how to request a mail-in ballot, and instructions on how to vote in person are all below.

To REGISTER TO VOTE in Pennsylvania using Dickinson as your address, download and complete this form and mail it to:
Cumberland County Voter Registration Office
1601 Ritner Highway
Suite 201
Carlisle, PA 17013

For a video walking you through the paper PA Voter Registration Form, click below.

To REQUEST YOUR MAIL-IN ballot...

  • If you do not have a valid PA driver's license, download and complete this form and mail it to:
    Cumberland County Voter Registration Office
    1601 Ritner Highway
    Suite 201
    Carlisle, PA 17013
  • If you have a valid PA driver's license, click here, click the "I am not a robot" box at the bottom of the page, and complete the form.
    • Dickinson students requesting a mail-in ballot who are physically present in Carlisle during the election can check "no" to all three questions and then will be directed to the online mail-in ballot application.
    • The online form has built-in-checks, so if you are unable to complete it without errors, you may fill out the paper form and mail it in instead.

For a video walking you through the paper mail-in ballot request form, click below.

If you are registered to vote in Carlisle and wish to vote in person, you will vote at Bosler Library (across High Street from Denny Hall). The polls in PA are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If it is your first time voting in this location, you will need to bring a photo ID; your Dickinson ID counts.


Everyone: We strongly recommend verifying you are registered to vote before Election Day. You can do so at Vote.org or, if you're registered in PA, you can do so here. Select "Find your Voter Registration Status by Name" and remember that Dickinson is in Cumberland County.


Where do I vote?

If you register with Dickinson Votes, using your HUB Box number and 272 W. High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013 as the street address, your polling place will be Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.

MapPlease note that Bosler Memorial Library is not the same as Dickinson College’s library, or Bosler Hall. Bosler Memorial Library (also known as the Public Library) is located directly across High Street from Denny Hall.

News, Events, and Voter Statistics

In 2018, Dickinson earned a “Silver Seal” award from the “All In: Campus Democracy Challenge” because our student voter participation rate was between 30-39 percent. 

While Dickinson’s voting race increased significantly between the 2014 and 2018 midterm elections, we still have a long way to go. Our 47% and 35% turnout rates in the 2016 presidential and 2018 midterm elections still rank below many of our peer institutions.

Voter Statistics

 

Voter Information Guide - What's on the Ballot?

The League of Women Voters' Education Fund prepares a non-partisan voter guide. To see information on the races and candidates on your ballot, visit https://www.vote411.org/ballot. If you are casting a ballot while registered on campus, you can enter this address on the vote411.org website: 272 W. High St, Carlisle, PA 17013. In addition, Dickinson Voters registered on campus can see a sample ballot for the November 3, 2020 election that shows what the ballot looks like, at this link.

Why should I vote in Carlisle, PA?

Dickinson Votes encourages everyone to vote where you live!

After all, voting is always local. Voting is about conversations about all the issues that matter to you, with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues. As a member of a residential college, you have a great opportunity to participate in those conversations here on our campus and in our community. Student voters learn that as you move forward after your college experience, you will likely move around frequently, but you should participate in your community and vote where you live, even if you’re “only” living somewhere for a “short time” (like four years!). Get into the voting habit now by engaging with your neighbors, friends, and colleagues—and always register to vote where you live. (Besides, if you vote in Carlisle, you can get one of these great stickers!) 

Election Day Sticker Picture

 

Want to get involved in Dickinson Votes?

Dickinson Votes is a non-partisan group of volunteer Dickinson College students, staff, and faculty dedicated to ensuring that all eligible Dickinsonians have the opportunity to participate in federal, state, and local elections. We table at monthly voter registration events, go to classrooms of interested faculty to talk with students about the voter registration process, and remind everyone to get out and vote as Election Day approaches. If you are interested in working with us, please contact Associate Professor of Political Science, Sarah Niebler and/or Associate Professor of Sociology, Erik Love.