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Virginia Primary Voting

June 1, 2017

Dear Students:

As we approach the June 13 Virginia primary election, we urge you to prepare now on how you'll cast your vote if you are a resident of the state. Because Virginia has an off-year election, the governor's race will be the most important race in the United States come November, and you can help select the nominees for the Democratic and Republican tickets. The primary on June 13 also includes races for lieutenant governor and House of Delegates seats. Voting, whether in-person, early, or absentee, takes about five minutes, so hop in a voting booth or send in your absentee ballot ASAP!

If you're voting absentee, you must request your absentee ballot by Tuesday, June 6. Submit your absentee ballot request by mail or email (or online—only if you have a Virginia DMV License or ID Card) and cite Reason 1D for voting absentee if you're a student who will be away from Charlottesville on June 13. If you're a first-time voter, however, you must vote absentee in person at your local registrar's office (see below for the address) before election day or at your local precinct on election day. Finally, you always can vote in person at your precinct on election day or absentee in person before June 13. In summary:

  • Although it is now too late to register to vote, you can still request an absentee ballot by Tuesday, June 6.
  • Absentee in-person voting has already begun (local office locations below).
  • Election day is Tuesday, June 13. Vote in person before 7 p.m. or make sure your ballot is received by this time.
  • The governor's race will be the most important race in 2017, and you can help select the candidates. If you don't vote in the primary, you won't have a say in who the nominees are for the Democratic and Republican parties.

Below is a handy graphic that should have most of the information needed as well. Please feel free to share this information with everyone you know and make sure your friends and family are set to vote as well!

For more information and to check your registration status, visit the Department of Elections website. In addition, follow University Democrats or College Republicans on social media (@demsatuva and @crsatuva, respectively) for updated information and how you can get involved on Grounds!

Registrar's Offices:
Charlottesville City (most off-Grounds housing)
120 7th Street NE
City Hall Annex, Room 142
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(434) 970-3250

Albemarle County (most on-Grounds housing)
1600 5th Street Ext, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(434) 972-4173


Brett Curtis, President, University Democrats
Adam Kimelman, Chairman, College Republicans
Student Council Legislative Advisory Board


Ready to vote in the Virginia primary on June 13? Register to vote by May 22. First-time voters must vote absentee in-person at their local registrar's office or on election day at their local precinct (some exceptions). Request your absentee ballot by June 6. Students not in Cville should cite reason 1D for voting absentee. Cast your vote by 7 p.m. on election day.