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Thank you to everyone who collected signatures to get Pete on the ballot in Virginia. Over 12,000 signatures were collected, exceeding the goal set by the campaign. Thanks to your hard work, Pete was the first candidate to file to be on the primary ballot in Virginia!
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All of our efforts to support Pete Buttigieg lead to one moment: election day! Everyone who is eligible to vote should be registered, and this section below provides guidance on that process. More details can be found at Virginia's Department of Elections website.
According to the Virginia elections site, to register to vote in the state of Virginia you must:
* If you are 17 years of age, but will be 18 at the time of the following general election, you are eligible to vote in any intervening primary or special elections.
There are a few ways to register, and here are the main three:
It is never too early to register to vote, but there are deadlines to keep in mind:
As the elections come up, always double-check your voter registration status. Make sure you know your precinct & polling place, and any other pertinent information, which can be verified here.
College students register the same way any other applicant would, using the methods detailed above. The biggest question for you as a college student is determining your place of residence. You can only have one address of residence, so to vote in the precinct where your “college address” is, you cannot also be registered at your “home address” (i.e. where your parents or legal guardians live).
If you choose to maintain your hometown address for residence, you will have to make the trip home to vote on Election Day, or make arrangements to vote absentee (detailed out below).
If you are unable to vote on Election Day, there are a number of scenarios that would allow you instead to vote absentee. You have to apply for an absentee ballot, and can do so in-person (at your local registrar's office), online, or via mail, email, or fax using the Absentee Ballot Application form. That form is found at the end of this document and online.
In general, you can apply for an absentee ballot beginning 45 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote. Applications made in-person can be done up to 3 days before the election, and applications sent in must be received one week prior to the election. If you are registering to vote while applying absentee, add a few days to this process. Generally speaking you cannot vote absentee at the same time as applying in-person at the registrar's office.
When you vote, you'll need to show one acceptable form of photo identification.
Please note that if you do not have any of these forms of photo identification, Virginia offers a free voter photo ID that you can even get on Election Day at any voter registration office. There is an application and you will get a photo taken - it's that simple!