Gettysburg Votes 2020 FAQ

Voter registration

How early should I register if I want my vote to be counted in the 2020 Election? 

You should register to vote as soon as possible! The deadline to register in Pennsylvania is October 19. Other state voter registration deadlines can be found here

I’m already registered to vote in a different state. Should I register to vote in Pennsylvania? 

If you are an out-of-state college student, you have the choice to register in either your home state or your college state. This choice might depend on how you are planning to vote. If you are already registered to vote in a state that shares your political beliefs, you might want to consider voting in PA, which is a swing state. If you are already registered to vote in a state that does not share your political beliefs, you might find that your vote is more powerful there. In 2016, the election in PA was decided by less than 50,000 votes.  

I am planning to register to vote in PA. Is this considered a new registration or a change of address? 

Even if you are already registered to vote in a different state, registering to vote in PA is considered a new voter registration. U.S. citizens are permitted to be registered to vote in multiple locations as long as they only submit one ballot. 

What address should I use to register to vote in PA? 

Gettysburg College students should use their campus mailing address, without the PO box. The address is as follows: 

300 N Washington St
Gettysburg, PA, 17325 
Adams County, Ward 2 

Which party should I register with? 

You have the choice to register with any political party that aligns with your values or remain non-affiliated. In Pennsylvania, you must belong to a party to vote in that party's next primary. Check out the Political Typology Quiz from the Pew Research Center or ISideWith's 2020 Political Quiz to help you discover your political leanings. 

Getting ready to vote

Should I vote by mail or in person? 

You should do whatever you are most comfortable with!  If you decide to vote my mail, request your absentee ballot ASAP to make sure your vote is counted on time. If you choose to vote in person, we highly encourage you to vote early, just in case you cannot go to the polls on November 3rd. Either way, make a voting plan now! 

Should I have my absentee ballot mailed to the school or to my home address? 

Remote cohort: You can request your absentee ballot be delivered straight to your current address. 

Residential cohort: Request to have your absentee (mail-in) ballot sent to your PO box at the Gettysburg College mailroom using the address above. *In the case that on-campus students are relocated to their homes, you can request to have your campus mail forwarded to your home address.*

If I requested a mail-in ballot, can I decide to vote in person instead?

Yes, as long as you did not return your absentee ballot, you are eligible to vote in person. Please bring your incomplete mail-in ballot and all included materials (including secrecy envelope) when you vote so that your mail-in ballot can be invalidated and your in-person ballot counted.