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Voter Registration in Virginia: Oct. 15 Deadline

October 13, 2019
All Students
Ellie Brasacchio, Student Council President

Grounds-Wide Voter Registration Day
Monday, October 14
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whispering Wall/Newcomb
Lower Lawn
Engineer’s Way

Dear Students:

This year, Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 5. The deadline to register to vote for this election in Virginia is Tuesday, October 15, at 5 p.m.

In order to vote, you must be:

  • Registered
  • 18 by Election Day
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Your address must be up to date.

Both in-state and out-of-state University students are eligible to vote in Virginia.

Address Updates: Important
If you were previously registered in Virginia and have moved within the past year, even within Charlottesville, you must update your address on your voter registration by Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. You can easily check your Voter Information profile by going to the Virginia Department of Elections website. Even if you think your information is up-to-date, it’s a good idea to check.

In-State Students
You may register to vote with your permanent/parents' address or your UVA/Charlottesville address (students registering at their permanent/parents' addresses should request an absentee ballot soon after registering). 

Out-of-State Students
To vote in the Virginia election, you must register to vote using your UVA/Charlottesville address. 

Registering to Vote in Virginia

  1. 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 the application form, the third-party group is responsible for providing you with a receipt and taking the form to the voter registrar's office. All forms must be turned in to the appropriate registrar's office by Tuesday, October 15, at 5 p.m.
  2. Online: You may begin the process of registering to vote on the Virginia Department of Elections website. You may be able to complete this process online using a Virginia Driver’s License, but in some cases you may have 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 any of these present an obstacle, please email Hannah Koizumi.) The mailed-in portion must reach the appropriate registrar's office by Tuesday, October 15, at 5 p.m., so please allow adequate delivery time.

Confirmation of Registration Status
After submitting your application, you should receive a notice in the mail confirming your registration status. This notice will give you 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, you should check the status of your application

Photo ID Required to Vote
You must have one acceptable photo ID to vote in the election; a UVA student ID qualifies. You can find a list of acceptable forms of ID on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

More Information
If you have any questions, please consult the Virginia Department of Elections website or contact Hannah Koizumi, chair of Student Council’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

You can also find information for UVA students on the Student Affairs website.


Ellie Brasacchio
Student Council President

Hannah Koizumi
Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee

Alex Hendel
Vice Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee