Register to Vote

In order to vote in a local, state, or national election in Pennsylvania, you must register to vote. The Department of State administers voter registration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Information about how to register to vote can be found by clicking on the link Voter Registration Information.

In Pennsylvania, the deadline to register to vote is 30 days prior to each election. Applications received after that date will be processed for the next primary, special, municipal or general election.


If you need to register to vote, decide first whether to register using your home or school address. If it’s easy for you to travel home on Election Day or you want to vote by absentee ballot, registering at home address is likely best. If you prefer to vote at the polling place nearest to Rosemont College, you may register using your school address.

If you are voting by absentee ballot, most states require you apply by October 30. Completed absentee ballots must be received by November 2 in PA. Check for additional state deadlines.

All polls in PA are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you register using your Rosemont College address, your polling place is Ashbridge House (1301 W. Montgomery Ave, Bryn Mawr).

Pennsylvania’s new Voter ID Law requires you show photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms include:

  • PA driver’s license
  • Photo ID issued by PA or the U.S. government
  • Valid U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • Rosemont College ID with visible expiration date

Don’t have any of these? You may visit Rosemont's Office of Public Safety to add an expiration date to your student ID, or call 1-877-VotesPA to learn how you may be able to obtain one free.

Finally, get informed! There are many resources available online to help voters learn about the candidates and issues: