Voting Guide

Register to Vote or Update Your Registration
Register to Vote or Update Your Registration

The Virginia voter registration deadline is October 15, 2013.

To register to vote in Virginia:

Virginians can now register to vote online:

  • If you have a Virginia driver's license or identification card you can register online and submit the form electronically.
  • If you do not have a Virginia driver's license or ID card, you will be prompted to print your completed application, sign it, and mail it in. 
  • Complete your application before the deadline, October 15, and look for your voter registration card in the mail. It serves as a form of voter ID!

Here is a sample form based on your campus address:

sample-election-form

If you'd like to register to vote via a paper registration form, you can pick up a form at the CCE (Commons 201).

You can update your registration address online and check your registration status.

To register to vote in your home district:

The National Voter Registration Form is accepted everywhere except North Dakota, Wyoming, and US territories. New Hampshire accepts the form only as a request for an absentee ballot. Refer to the instructions on the form itself for more information and for the address to which to send the form in each state.

If you are registered to vote, you can get your absentee ballot online.

Your Polling Place
Your Polling Place

Your polling place is listed on your voter registration card.  If you need more information about your polling place, you can click here to find your polling place.

If you are registered to vote with your on-campus address, shuttles will run to the polls on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov 5) from 10a.m.-2p.m. and 3p.m.-7p.m. 

You can also contact the City of Richmond Registrar’s Office at 804-646-7000, or online to find your polling place.

On Election Day polling places open at 6am and all voters in line by 7pm are allowed to vote.

Students Registered to Vote at On-Campus Address:

If you registered to vote with the 28 Westhampton Way address, then you are registered in the City of Richmond Precinct 101.  Precinct 101’s polling place is located at the Westhampton Baptist Church at the intersections of St. Christopher’s Road and Three Chopt Road.

Absentee Voting Information
Absentee Voting Information

Voters can only vote by absentee ballot if they have an accepted justification.  Absentee ballots should be requested as far in advance as possible to allow time for the local elections office to mail the ballot to the voter and for the voter to complete and return the ballot.  Click here for an absentee ballot application and list of valid justifications.

• Voters applying for an absentee ballot by mail must make sure the local election office receives the application at least seven days before Election Day.  For the 2013 general election the request must be received by 5pm on October 29, 2013.

• Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the correct registrar’s office before the close of the polls on Election Day 

• Voters may also apply in-person at their local registrar’s office and cast an absentee ballot in the same trip (in-person absentee voting) up to three days before Election Day.

• Being a student attending a college or university is an accepted justification for voting by absentee ballot, BUT you must attend school outside of the locality (county or city) where you are registered to vote.   For example, if you attend The University of Richmond and you are registered to vote in Fairfax County, then you may request an absentee ballot based on your status as a student. For more information on absentee voting and in-person absentee voting opportunities visit or contact your local registrar’s office, or visit the State Board of Elections website.

ID Requirements and Student IDs
ID Requirements and Student IDs

In Virginia, in-person voters must show an acceptable type of ID at the polls or they will have to vote a provisional ballot, and produce acceptable ID later. 

A Student ID may be used to vote!

Acceptable forms of ID include any one of the following:

  • Student ID issued from an institution of higher learning in the state of Virginia (either public or private);
  • Voter registration card;
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license;
  • Social Security card;
  • Identification cards issued by the US military, employer, or federal, Virginia, or local agency;
  • Concealed handgun permit; or
  • Copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.