Cabrini dedicates itself to participating in the creation and development of societal structures that are humane, just, and respectful of the rights and dignity of the human person.
One important way of helping to develop these structures is through political participation. Scroll down this page to find information about registering to vote and obtaining an absentee ballot.
Students are encouraged to be socially responsible, to inform themselves as voters, and to engage as citizens.
- The next election in this area is Nov. 6, 2018.
- Registration Deadlines
- Pennsylvania: Oct. 9, 2018
- Maryland: Oct. 16, 2018
- Delaware: Oct. 13, 2018
- New York: Oct. 12, 2018
- New Jersey: Oct. 16, 2018
Voter registration forms are available on the table outside the Wolfington Center, third floor of Founder’s Hall.
On election day, PA voters will choose:
- US Senate and House of Representatives
- State Executives (including Governor and Lt. Governor)
- State Senate (some districts)
- State House of Representatives (all districts)
- Pennsylvania Attorney General
- Pennsylvania Auditor General
- Pennsylvania Treasurer
- Local ballot measures and officials (where relevant)
Voting and Candidate Information
The information included below is intended to educate members of the Cabrini community about how they can be civically engaged.
Voter registration is easy, and in many cases can be done online. If you live in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, or Delaware, please click on the following links to register online (in most cases, you’ll need your state-issued drivers’ license or ID). If you’d prefer to register by mail, or if you live in NJ or another state that does not have online voter registration, you can stop by the Wolfington Center and we’ll help you register.
- Pennsylvania (October 9 deadline)
- Delaware (October 13 deadline)
- Maryland (October 16 deadline)
- New York (October 12 deadline)
- New Jersey (October 16 deadline)—Please note that NJ does not have online voter registration. You can print out an application from this site.
If you cannot make it to your polling place to vote in person on November 6, you can request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots allow you to vote by mail, and must be requested in advance. Below, please find the absentee ballot process for five nearby states. If you are from a different state, please feel free to email the Wolfington Center at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Pennsylvania (Absentee ballot applications must be received by the local board of elections by October 30. The application can be downloaded here and mailed in. The ballot will be mailed to you, and you will have to return it by November 2)
- Delaware (Absentee ballot applications can be submitted online. While the deadline is technically the day before the election, it is recommended that it be received by October 30 to guarantee participation in the election. The ballot will be mailed to you, then you will have to return it by November 2)
- Maryland (Absentee ballot applications can be submitted online, with deadlines of October 30 or November 2 depending on how you’ll submit your ballot.)
- New York (Absentee ballot applications must be received by the local board of elections by October 30. The application can be downloaded here and mailed in. The ballot will be mailed to you, and you will have to return it by November 7th)
- New Jersey (NJ sets deadlines at the county level. Most are October 30. More information, plus the absentee ballot application, can be found here.
Cabrini does not endorse political candidates or political groups, and nothing on this page or in these links should be construed as such.
- Register to Vote in Pennsylvania & Federal Elections
Voter-registration forms are also available in the Wolfington Center, Founder’s Hall third floor.
- Information about College-Student Voting in Pennsylvania
- Tips from the United States Election Assistance Commission
- Vote411, created by the League of Women Voters
This site includes registration information for states other than Pennsylvania.
- Rock the Vote
a national, nonpartisan movement “to engage and build political power for young people in our country”
- Politico Election Central
polls and election results for all Presidential, Congressional, and Gubernatorial races, organized by state, with helpful maps and infographics
- Project Vote Smart
a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about individual politicians’ positions on specific issues
This site includes the powerful Vote Easy tool, which compares the user’s positions on specific issues and the importance of each issue to the positions of politicians in relative elections.
non-partisan website that offers detailed overviews of the most common perspectives on major controversial issues, typically in a pro/con list format
Pulitzer-Prize–winning online resource that analyzes statements made by politicians at all levels of government and anyone else who speaks up in American politics—on a daily basis, rating their factual accuracy and consistency within that person’s stated platform
- Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Disclosure Portal
The FEC Campaign Finance Disclosure portal “provides a single point of entry to campaign finance data” with “easy-to-navigate maps and charts that display the campaign finance data you're most interested in.
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt