How to register to vote

By Marisa Gallelli
September 23, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

In order to be able to vote in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, one must be registered to vote by Oct. 4, if you are from Pennsylvania or New Jersey. There are two ways for one to register to vote: online or in person at your local representatives office or at the local driver’s licensing center.

To register online one can go to Although, the online process has many steps it only takes about 10-15 minutes. There are two very important questions that you must answer in order to register to vote: are you at least 18 years of age and are you a resident of the United States.

You will need to provide the following information to complete the registration process: first and last names and email address. The next group of information you will need is your home address, city/town, state and zip code. You will also need to provide your date of birth, telephone number, driver’s license number, or if you do not have a driver’s license, you will need the last four digits of your social security number.

You will then need to decide which political party with whom you wish to be affiliated. Keep in mind that only during the primaries do you have to vote within your own political party. At all other elections, such as for the president, you may vote for whomever you choose.

You would then choose if you would like to get updates by email, which will update you on the present issues during this election and future ones as well. You then check to make sure that all of the information that you filled in was correct.

The last, but most important step is the printing, signing and mailing of the form. If you are from Pennsylvania, for example, you mail the information to:

Office of the secretary of the Commonwealth

210 N. Office Bldg.

Harrisburg, PA 17120-0029

After you have copied this information down and clicked “continue” it will present the form in Adobe Reader format. You will need that program in order for this work. If you do not have this program you can go to and click on academics, under the school calendars there is a small icon, if you click on this it will download the program onto your PC.

The second way you can register to vote is in person either at your local representatives office in your hometown, or at the local driver’s licensing center and fill out the same form, as you would fill out online. They then would mail out everything for you. As long as it is postmarked before Oct. 4, you will be able to vote in the upcoming election.

Rock the Vote, will be on campus Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Grace Hall atrium, and Project Vote Smart will be here on Sept. 25 in Grace Hall starting at 4 p.m. allowing students to register here on campus.

For more information on the 2004 election and how to register visit :

Posted to the web by Cecelia Franciasco

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