Frequently Asked Questions
Most American citizens 18 years of age or older have the right to vote in the jurisdiction within which they reside. The right to vote of individuals convicted of a felony varies from state to state. In Pennsylvania and Maryland, individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while imprisoned; they regain the right immediately upon release.
Procedures for voter registration vary by state.
In Pennsylvania, one must register to vote at least 15 days before the election. For the November 3, 2020 election the last day to register is October 19. One can register to vote in ONLINE , BY MAIL , or in person. The location for in-person registration closest to Shippensburg University is the Cumberland County Bureau of Elections (1601 Ritner Highway, Suite 201, Carlisle, PA).
You can verify your voter registration status HERE .
Maryland practices automatic voter registration; individuals are registered to vote automatically when they interact with some state agencies (e.g., the Motor Vehicle Administration). Verify your voter registration status HERE .
Maryland also practices same-day voter-registration. This means that one can register to vote at polling sites at the same time one votes. This can be done on election day or during early voting (8 days prior to the election). Otherwise, one can register ONLINE, BY MAIL, or in person. In-person registration locations include local boards of elections and Motor Vehicle Administration offices.
If you are a residential college student, you can register to vote using EITHER your college address or your hometown address (not both).
408 Lancaster Drive
#XXXX (student mailbox number, which has been assigned)
Shippensburg, PA 17257
In Pennsylvania, one must register to vote at least 15 days before the election. For the November 3, 2020 election the last day to register is October 19.
Maryland practices same-day voter-registration. This means that one can register to vote at polling sites at the same time one votes. This can be done on election day or during early voting (8 days prior to the election).
Who is permitted to vote by mail varies by state. In both Pennsylvania and Maryland, anyone is able to vote by mail, and no one is required to present a reason why they need a mail-in ballot.
Absentee ballots are for people who will be away from their election precinct at the time of the election. Mail-in ballots are for anyone, regardless of where one will be at the time of the election. In practice there are no real differences, as in neither Pennsylvania or Maryland is one required to give reasons for either mail-in or absentee ballots.
In Pennsylvania, you must apply to vote by mail by 5PM on October 27. Your mail-in ballot must be delivered to your county election office by 8PM on November 3. In practice, this means you should mail it no later than October 28 to ensure it will be counted. You can also hand-deliver it to the county election office.
In Maryland, if you want to receive your ballot by mail, you must apply for a mail-in ballot by 5PM on October 27. But if you plan to download your ballot off the state’s website, you can apply to vote by mail by 5PM on October 30. Your ballot must be postmarked by November 3, and received no later than 10AM on November 13. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to your local board of elections by 8PM on November 3.
Identification requirements vary by state.
In Pennsylvania, one only needs to present identification when one is voting for the first time in a precinct. Acceptable identification includes a PA driver’s license, U.S. passport, armed forces ID, student ID, employee ID, or current bank statement.
In Maryland, most voters do not need to present identification when voting in person. One only need present identification if one’s identity is challenged, if they didn’t present sufficient ID when registering by mail or online, or if one registers or changes one’s address during early voting.
Election Day is November 3, 2020.
In both Pennsylvania and Maryland, polling places will be open from 7AM to 8PM. Pennsylvania does not, to the best of our knowledge, practice true early voting, so in-person voting can only occur on election day itself. Maryland does practice early voting, so one can vote at one’s polling place beginning 8 days prior to the election itself.
If you are registered in Shippensburg Township (including all on-campus housing), the University will provide transportation to your polling place throughout the day. Buses will leave from the entrance to the CUB on Lancaster Drive (across from the Luhrs Performing Arts Center) and will go to the Vigilant Hose Company, 20 Walnut Bottom Road. From 7:45 through 4:30, CAT blue and red buses will complete this route twice per hour. After 3PM, a university bus will run twice per hour until 7:30PM. View the full schedule.
You may check your polling place location by clicking "Check your registration status" on our main page and following directions.