On Tuesday, we will elect a new governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, members of the House of Delegates, and local officers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
In their note below, Student Council President Abel Liu and Co-Directors of Student Council’s Legislative Affairs Agency Bianka Warrick and Deonte Johnson share important reminders in advance of Election Day. This year, Election Day will be a University staff holiday, and starting next year, classes in all of the undergraduate schools and nearly all of the graduate and professional schools will not meet on Election Day.
If you have not already voted early, I encourage you to review the information below and make a plan to actively participate in this important aspect of civic life.
Julie I. Caruccio
Interim Dean of Students
To the Student Body:
Tuesday, November 2, is Election Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you are registered to vote in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area, you will vote at the polling location based on the precinct in which you live. Below is some important information to keep in mind as you make your plan to vote.
Polling Locations: Open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. across the state. You must be in line at the correct polling location by 7 p.m. in order to vote. You must vote in the precinct in which you are registered. UVA students vote at various polling locations in Charlottesville or Albemarle County, so please check your Virginia Voter Record to verify your polling location here.
Photo ID: You must show one form of an acceptable photo ID when voting in Virginia. This can include your UVA student ID, but many other forms of identification are accepted. You can find a list at Voting on Election Day.
Reimbursed Transportation Costs: UVA Student Council will be providing reimbursements on a first-come, first-served basis to students who use Uber or Lyft to get to the polls. In order to be reimbursed for your ride, go to this link.
Absentee ballots can be returned to dropboxes at designated locations until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Please return your ballot to the dropbox in the locality in which you are registered. For more information, please see the Virginia Board of Elections web page on Casting a Ballot.
Resources: If you have issues or questions on Election Day, the following resources are available to you:
- Virginia Department of Elections: 800-552-9745
- Charlottesville City Office of Voter Registration: 434-970-3250
- Albemarle County Office of Voter Registration: 434-972-4173
Please exercise your right to vote! The future of the Commonwealth depends on your political participation.
Student Council President
Co-Directors, Student Council Legislative Affairs Agency