Frequently Asked Questions
Can I vote?
If you are 18 years of age or older by Election Day and a United States citizen, then you are eligible to register and vote.
When is Election Day?
November 5, 2019. (It’s always the first Tuesday in November.)
Polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
REGISTERING TO VOTE
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote here. You might have to print a form and mail it to your local registrar’s office.
Various offices and organizations at UVA can also help you register to vote. You may see them hosting voter registration drives in the fall.
Is there a deadline to register?
Yes, in Virginia you must register 22 days in advance of general and primary elections.
This year, the deadline to register to vote in Virginia is October 15, 2019 for the General Election to be held on November 5, 2019. Other states may have different deadlines.
What address should I use to register?
You have the choice between registering to vote at your permanent/parents’ address or at your on-Grounds/Charlottesville address. It’s your choice, but you can’t use both.
Do I have to register in Virginia if I am out-of-state?
If you are an out-of-state student, you have the choice between registering in your home state or in Virginia. It’s your choice, but you can only register in one state.
What will happen to my scholarships if I register in a different place?
Your scholarships are unaffected by where you register to vote. Registering to vote does not affect scholarships, financial aid, or any other factors.
VOTING IN VIRGINIA
Where do I go to vote if I live on Grounds?
Most UVA students who live on Grounds and are registered with their dorm address will vote at Slaughter Recreation Center. If you are live in the International Residential College (IRC), Copeley, or University Gardens, you will vote at Alumni Hall. If you live in Bice, Bond, Shea, the Spanish House or French House, you will vote at Buford Middle School. If you live in Hereford Residential College, you need to go to the polling location corresponding to your house. If you live in Norris, Johnson, or Malone houses, you will vote at Slaughter Recreation Center. If you live in Weedon or Wyburn houses, you will vote at Johnson Elementary School.
What if I live off Grounds? Where do I vote?
You can find your polling place by checking your voter information online. Here is where you can also update your address or apply to vote absentee.
VOTING ABSENTEE IN VIRGINIA
Can I vote early?
Early voting in Virginia is called voting “absentee in-person.” Voting absentee in-person started in September and will continue until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election (November 2, 2019). In order to vote absentee in-person, you should go to the respective registrar’s office and cast a ballot.
How and when can I vote absentee?
If you live in Virginia and are registered with your permanent/parents’ address, instead of your Charlottesville address, absentee voting begins in September.
If you registered to vote using your on-Grounds or Charlottesville address, you must vote in person on Election Day unless you have extenuating circumstance preventing you from getting to the polls.
If you need to vote absentee, you can request a ballet here online up to 7 days before Election Day.
Within 45 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote, you can fill out an Absentee Application at your local registrar’s office in person. You must show
an acceptable form of photo ID.
After completing the application, you can vote absentee in-person at your local registrar’s office. This must be completed at least three days before Election Day (November 2, 2019).
You can also download and complete the absentee ballot application form here and return the completed and signed form to your local registrar’s office by mail, fax, or scanned attachment to an email.
Contact information for your local general registrar’s office is available here. After your application is processed, you will receive your ballot in the mail. Be sure your absentee ballot is received by your local registrar by 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday prior to the election (October 29, 2019).
If you are voting absentee out of state, you should check the deadline with the respective registrar’s office.
Where is my registrar’s office?
If you are registered with your on-Grounds/Charlottesville address, your registrar’s office is either in the city of Charlottesville or the county of Albemarle.
Albemarle County Registrar
City of Charlottesville
City of Charlottesville Registrar
Check your Voter Information profile
What do I need to vote?
Make sure to bring your student ID, driver’s license or another valid photo ID to the voting polls on Election Day!
Check online for a complete list of acceptable forms of a valid photo ID.
How do I get to the polls?
More information will be shared closer to the election. In addition to UTS shuttles and services such as Uber or Lyft, CAR2Vote provides rides to the polls free of charge.
I’m not sure where/if I’m registered.
Easy! Just go the Virginia Voter Information website where you can check to see if and where you’re registered. If you have a driver’s license, you can register online!