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Today is the Last Day to Register to Vote

Pennsylvania’s voter registration deadline is today.

Yes, we know that you’ve spent that last few weeks being accosted by voter reg people across campus, but really, if you haven’t registered already, you really should. (Don’t let The Collegian tell you otherwise.) Voting is a privilege that not all citizens of the world enjoy–that not all Americans have always enjoyed–so make sure you can exercise your right to choose your representation.

Penn State–the students, the faculty, the community–is a unique body of constituents, and it would be a shame if its preferences were not properly represented in the coming elections.

The eligibility rules to register as a Pennsylvania voter are simple. If you’re 18 or older, a citizen of the United States, and have lived in Pennsylvania for at least 30 days, you’re set — go up to one of those many clipboard-toting voter reg volunteers and sign yourself up today.

In addition, if you’re registered to vote but haven’t voted for a while, you should check your status through either VotesPa.com or the Pennsylvania Department of State website. You can also call 866-OUR-VOTE or 877-VOTES-PA to verify your registration.

Oh, and this is for those of you already registered to vote in Pennsylvania but not in Centre County: Make sure you fill out the Absentee Ballot Application and mail it to your County Election Office as soon as possible — it has to be received by 5:00pm on October 30 if you want to to be considered for absentee ballot eligibility.  (NOTE: Being an out-of-state/out-of-county college student is not specifically listed on the form as a reason for eligibility, but it is a valid reason to vote absentee. Don’t let the application deter you.)

If you’re deemed eligible, the absentee ballots themselves must be received by 5:00pm on November 2nd.

Otherwise, get registered and see you at the polls on November 6th. Be sure to follow @PSUVOTES for all things election-related going on at Penn State.

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