How do I vote?

A college student votes in the same manner as any other registered voter: you may vote in person on Election Day or, if eligible, by absentee ballot.

Students (and their spouses) attending a college or university outside of the locality where they are registered to vote are eligible to vote by absentee ballot.  For Charlottesville-registered students, this includes UVA and PVCC (which are both primarily in Albemarle County).

Absentee votes may be cast in person in the locality where the student is registered, either in person or by mail. In-person absentee voting in our office begins 46 days before Election Day and continues through 5:00 pm on the Saturday preceding Election Day.  It is the easiest, quickest and most certain and secure way to vote absentee. For more information on IN PERSON or mail absentee voting, please see our Absentee Voting page .

Students registered in another state may wish to visit the U. S. Election Assistance Commission’s website  for election information specific to their state, district or territory.

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1. When do elections take place?
2. When are the polls open?
3. Do I have to show identification at the polls?
4. What do I do if I've moved or changed my name since I last voted?
5. When both parties are holding primaries, why do I have to state a party preference to vote?
6. Where do I file a suggestion or complaint about voting in Charlottesville?
7. I have questions about the voting system used in Charlottesville. Where do I go?
8. I committed a felony many years ago. Can I vote?
9. I’m not 18 yet but want to work at the polls on Election Day. How can I do this?
10. Where can I find registration and voting information for college students?
11. How do I register to vote in Virginia?
12. What is my residence?
13. How do I vote?
14. How does voter registration impact other areas?