There is an election in Virginia on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, to elect the next Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, members of the House of Delegates, and local officials across the Commonwealth. This election is especially important to UVA students, as the Governor of Virginia appoints the next Board of Visitors, UVA's governing body, for terms of four years, pending their approval by the General Assembly. If you want to affect what happens at UVA, you must vote in this election!
In order to vote, you must be registered. Both in-state and out-of-state University students who are U.S. citizens are eligible to vote in Virginia. You must have a Virginia government-issued photo ID to vote in the election; a UVA student ID qualifies. If you are an in-state student, you may register to vote using your home address or your UVA/Charlottesville address. If you are an out-of-state student, you must register to vote using your UVA/Charlottesville address. If you have moved within the past year, you must update your address on your voter registration by re-registering to vote.
There are two ways to register to vote in Virginia:
Voter registration via paper form: You may register to vote using the paper "Virginia Voter Registration Application," which is available through many third-party groups around Grounds, including Student Council, the University Democrats, and the College Republicans. If you complete this form, the third-party group is responsible for providing you with a receipt and taking the form to the voter registrar's office. If you choose this option, the deadline to complete your form and have it turned in to the appropriate registrar's office is Monday, October 16, at 5 p.m. in order for you to be eligible to vote on Election Day.
Voter registration via Virginia Department of Elections website: You may begin the process of registering to vote online. In some cases, you may be required to print off a part of your form and mail it in to the registrar's office. Please have a printer, envelope, and stamp ready before you begin to register online. If you choose this option, the mailed-in portion must be received by the appropriate registrar's office by Monday, October 16, at 5 p.m. in order for you to be eligible to vote on Election Day. If you are mailing in a portion of your application, please allow enough time for it to be delivered before the deadline.
Within 30 days after you submit your application, you should receive a notice in the mail confirming your registration status. This notice will have information about your voting location, locality, precinct, districts, and an address for your voter registration office. If for whatever reason your application is denied, you will receive a notice of denial from the registrar's office in the mail. If you do not receive information in the mail within 30 days, you should check the status of your application.
Chair, Student Council Legislative Affairs Committee
UVA Representative, Governor McAuliffe's Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force