Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 22 days before Election Day


  • Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: February 10

  • Presidential Primary Election: March 3

  • Primary Election Deadline: May 26

  • Primary Election: June 23

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

Virginia’s voter registration form requires voters to provide their full Social Security number when registering to vote. However, residents who register online can register using their Virginia-issued driver’s license or ID number.

Virginia law requires voters who cast a ballot in person to present ID. However, voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID can vote by signing a statement affirming their identity. 

An acceptable form of ID can be:

  • A Virginia driver’s license or ID card issued by the Virginia DMV, U.S. passport, or any other photo ID issued by Virginia, one of its political subdivisions, or the U.S.

  • Voter confirmation documents

  • A non-photo ID issued by Virginia, a political subdivision of Virginia, or the United States

  • A valid student ID that does not contain the voter’s photograph, issued by any institute of higher education in Virginia, another state, or U.S. territory

  • Current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or government document containing the voter’s name and current address

  • A valid employee ID card containing a photograph of the voter or

  • A tribal ID issued by any of the 11 recognized tribes in Virginia

A full list of acceptable IDs can be found at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/photo-ids-required-to-vote/index.html. The expiration date on a Virginia driver’s license will not be considered.

By Mail

Early In Person

Any voter can apply for an in-person absentee ballot at their local board of Elections office and cast their absentee ballot at the same time, beginning 45 days before an election until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.

Find your local board of elections and registrar office here: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by close of polls, you have a right to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.

Will registering to vote in Virginia affect my driver’s license or car registration?

With few exceptions, registering to vote in Virginia will have no impact on changing your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. However, as a full-time student in Virginia, you may have to make changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Virginia. For more information contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019