Are You A Student Voter?

Are you a student or do you know a student who plans to vote in Virginia this year? Here is some helpful information on what you need this year at the polls.

Did you know that in most cases, you can use your student ID to vote on Election Day? Virginia Organizing wants to make sure you have all the information you need to vote! Please forward this information on to any friends and family who are students to make sure they know what they need to vote!

There are several forms of ID that meet Virginia requirements (and federal requirements for first-time voters if you have not voted in a federal election before). A few of them are:

  • Virginia voter registration card
  • Your Virginia student ID card (must be a photo ID or list your current name and address to satisfy the requirements)
  • A bank statement, utility bill, paycheck stub, or government check with your current name and address
  • Driver's license or other government-issued photo ID (must be valid and your name and address must be current)

If you are a first-time voter, you CANNOT use your Social Security card or Birth Certificate to satisfy the federal ID requirements! You must bring another form of ID to the polls. 

By now, you should have received your voter registration card in the mail. If you did not receive that card, click here to search your registration status on the Virginia State Board of Elections website, or call your local registrar. Virginia Organizing recommends everyone check their voter registration status before the Oct. 15 registration deadline to ensure you are an active, registered voter. If your address or name is incorrect, or there are other errors in your registration, you must contact your registrar before the Oct. 15 deadline.

For your convenience, Virginia Organizing has posted information on our website for students, seniors and first-time voters. We have also summarized some changes to the law. You can find all this information by clicking here! Please pass along to your friends and family members who may be first-time voters!

Since all active registered voters received a voter registration card in the mail, it is best to use your voter registration card as your ID. The voter registration card meets both the federal and state ID requirements. Please click here for a complete list of identifications that meet the Virginia voter ID requirements and the federal (HAVA) ID requirements for first-time voters.

Remember: If you need help on Election Day, call 866-OUR-VOTE. This number is provided as a service by the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. For Spanish-speaking individuals, call 866-VEY-VOTA.

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Laurie Dodd October 08, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Thank you for sharing this useful information! When my son applied for his absentee ballot, he learned that his voter registration through DMV had not gone through somehow, so I encourage all students to check their registration status here: https://www.voterinfo.sbe.virginia.gov/PublicSite/Public/FT2/PublicLookup.aspx?Link=Registration Be sure you are registered before October 15, and vote absentee if you will not be in town on Election Day! The web links in this article work perfectly. My son mailed his absentee ballot today, proudly casting his first Presidential vote!
Watts October 15, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Obama has a huge lead in early voting... http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/14/us-usa-campaign-poll-idUSBRE8991FR20121014
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We all know why Obama was elected in 2008, but think about this. He was a first-term senator who spent most of that first-term running for another office. Before that he was a first-term state senator who spent most of that first-term running for another office. Obama is very good at campaigning for that is all he knows. If you want a job.....VOTE ROMNEY/ RYAN!
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