Politics and Voting

Richmond is a vibrant center for city and state government and public policy. Local government cannot be effective without engaged and informed citizens. If you are interested in learning more about the City of Richmond's local government, consider attending a local government event, such as a Richmond City Council or School Board meeting. You can also learn more about local government and local, state, and national races at the student-run website URGOV.



Upcoming #SpidersVote Events - 

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. →  Prepare Your Voting Plan!

Join Rev Up (Register, Educate, Vote, Use your Power) Virginia for a press conference highlighting 'The Power of the Disability Vote.' Need transportation?

Request a FREE ride here, select 'One Time Request-Service,' and add 'REV UP VA' from the Service Site list. The UR Shuttle departs at 10:10 a.m. and returns at 12:10 p.m.


7-8:30 p.m. → Turning Up for Local Elections!

Join us in the Alice Haynes Room for a campus-wide voter engagement event featuring Amy Wentz, a local activist, community organizer, and native Richmonder, as she discusses the importance of engagement at the local and state levels. The evening will include a student panel sharing valuable insights, information on voter registration, and guidance on creating voting plan—all while enjoying local pizza. 


Student Voter Guide

All of your voting related questions, from registering to polling places, can be answered in our Voting Guide.

Student Group Voter Registration Drives

If you are a student group who wants to do voter registration drives, please first read this guide. You can contact Kim Dean-Anderson at kdean-anderson@richmond.edu for support and voter form packets.

Local Government

Visit our City Excursions page for information on this semester's local government excursions and events.

Spring 2024 General Assembly Advocacy Days

In January and February there are many opportunities to join Virginia organizations in their advoacy efforts during the General Assembly session. In November and December, we will update our webpage with advocacy opportunities here for the 2024 General Assembly session.