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National Voter Registration Day

September 21, 2020
To: 
All Students
From: 
Hannah Koizumi, Student Council Legislative Affairs

Dear Students:

This year, Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 3. The deadline to register to vote for this election in Virginia is Tuesday, October 13, at 5 p.m. Please look below for information on early voting, which is available until October 31.

In order to register and vote on Election Day IN VIRGINIA, you must be:

  • Registered in Virginia
  • 18 years old by Election Day (November 3, 2020)
  • 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.

IMPORTANT: CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION STATUS

Make sure your voter registration is up-to-date with your current address. 

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 October 13 at 5 p.m. Additionally, if you have turned 21 or been to the DMV recently, your address may have been changed to your permanent address. 

CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION STATUS. Even if you think your information is up-to-date, it’s a good idea to check.

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

Early Voting 
You can also vote early if you are currently registered to vote in Albemarle or Charlottesville at that local registrar's office until October 31. Make sure your registration is up-to-date before going to vote early and check your office’s registrar’s hours:

Student Council and University Democrats are offering rides to the registrars’ offices on Fridays. You can sign up for a free ride here.

Please note: If you would like to vote in-person but you have already applied for an absentee ballot, please wait for your absentee ballot to arrive and then bring it with you, unopened, to vote in person (early or on Election Day).

Absentee Voting
If you are planning to vote by mail this election, make sure to request your ballot as soon as possible. The recommended deadline to request your ballot is October 6 due to delays of the postal system. You can request your ballot here.

MORE INFORMATION ON REGISTERING TO VOTE

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 online 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 13, 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 studco-legislative-affairs@virginia.edu.) The mailed-in portion must reach the appropriate registrar's office by Tuesday, October 13, at 5 p.m., so please allow adequate delivery time.

Sincerely,

Hannah Koizumi
Student Council
Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee