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Tomorrow: Voter Registration Deadline in Virginia

October 12, 2020
All Students
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 tomorrow – Tuesday, October 13. Please look below for information on early, absentee, and in-person voting.

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. You are only to permitted to vote in one state.

In-State Students
You may register to vote with your permanent/parents' address or your UVA/local-area address (students registering at their permanent/parents' addresses should request an absentee ballot online soon after registering, unless you are not here this semester and plan to vote in person). 

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


  1. Paper form: You may register to vote using the paper Virginia Voter Registration Application. You may fill out a paper form that will be turned in to the appropriate registrar by Student Council at tables located at O-Hill and the Lawn on Monday, October 12, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. If you independently complete the application form, it must be turned in to the appropriate voter registrar's office by Tuesday, October 13, at 5 p.m., or it must be postmarked on that day.
  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 appropriate 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 The mailed-in portion must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 13.


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 the local area, you must update your address on your voter registration by October 13. Additionally, if you have turned 21 or been to the DMV recently, your registration 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.


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


If you are currently registered to vote in Albemarle or Charlottesville, you can also vote early at your 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).


If you are planning to vote by mail this election, make sure to request your ballot as soon as possible. The official deadline is October 23, but due to potential delays in the U.S. Postal Service, you should request it as soon as possible if you are planning to return your ballot by mail. You can request your ballot here.
If you are returning your ballot by mail, the recommended deadline to mail it is October 20 due to potential delays in the U.S. Postal Service. You may also return your completed ballot to drop-boxes located at the Charlottesville city and Albemarle County registrars' offices, depending on your locality.


Election Day is Tuesday, November 3. Polling places will be open from 6:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. If you do not know your polling location, you can find it here
Free transportation will be provided on the day of the election to Buford and Johnson precincts. Pickup will be from 8:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. in front of Thornton Hall. If you need transportation to the polls on Election Day, you can sign up for a ride here. If you are planning on taking Charlottesville Area Transit, you can access the bus schedule here. Please remember to wear a mask and physically distance.


    Confused by all the options? Feel free to email


    Hannah Koizumi
    Student Council
    Chair, Legislative Affairs Committee