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Penn Leads the Vote | The youth vote can decide the election

(11/08/22 3:14pm)

Today, Nov. 8, two extremely close and pivotal elections will be held in Pennsylvania. Polls in the gubernatorial race between Democrat Josh Shapiro and Republican Doug Mastriano show Shapiro leading Mastriano by just 10 points. The Senate race, on the other hand, has Republican Mehmet Oz toe to toe with Democrat John Fetterman, with Fetterman leading by a mere 0.4 points. The gubernatorial and Senate races will be critical in shaping key issues like education policy, abortion rights, and health care policy. 

Penn Leads the Vote | Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 26th amendment — vote this fall

(07/21/21 10:22pm)

2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the ratification of the 26th Amendment, which lowered the voting age to 18 years old for all elections in the United States and prohibited age-based voting discrimination. With this passage of the amendment, 18-, 19-, and 20-year-olds were recognized as fully-enfranchised citizens, and in the 50 years since, youth voters have actively exercised this right to shape our democracy. 

Penn Leads the Vote | Finals are coming, so join your fellow Quakers and vote by mail

(04/29/21 11:28pm)

As we approach the end of an unprecedented academic year, students have much more to think about than politics. Still, it is important that students bring their enthusiasm from this fall to the present and vote on May 18, 2021 in the local Philadelphia primary election. Even though the election will occur after finals and commencement, Penn students must still make their voices heard. 

Penn Leads the Vote | Philadelphia's local elections are coming up. Here’s why it’s important that you vote.

(03/23/21 9:29pm)

Every four years, presidential elections capture the public’s attention and put politics to the forefront of public discourse in the United States. Meanwhile, local elections occur in Philadelphia every two years and are equally as important, yet they receive much less attention from both the media and the public alike. With a local primary election coming up in Philadelphia on May 18, it is critically important Penn students understand the importance of the offices and ballot measures that they can vote on, because student voters will make a difference.

Penn Leads the Vote | Bring 2020 election energy into 2021

(02/01/21 12:13am)

With the 2020 election over and a new presidential administration sworn in, it is understandable that many students feel politically fatigued. The events of 2020 and early 2021 have left many shaken, maybe making us want to tune out or disengage from politics. However, with another election coming in Pennsylvania on May 18, 2021, it remains more critical than ever that Penn students remain civically engaged.