What is VCU Votes?
VCU Votes is a network of VCU students, faculty and staff members dedicated to promoting voter engagement on campus. VCU Votes coordinates campus-wide voter engagement events, provides voter education, and works to make VCU the most voter-friendly campus it can be. Learn about the current members of our university-wide VCU Votes Advisory Council (PDF).
As one of the country’s top universities for student voting, VCU prides itself on helping students get informed and get to the polls. Many students living on campus can now vote in the VCU Student Commons, and VCU provides free shuttles to other nearby polling locations.
VCU students have the choice between registering to vote at their permanent address or at their on-campus address. While voting on campus us usually easier, some students may choose to register at their parent’s address if they have special interest in elections back home or feel that their vote will count more. Every time your address changes, you must re-register.
The deadline to register to vote is 22 days before the election. Register to vote or check your voter registration status here.
Before Election Day, make a voting plan, and consider the following questions:
- Will I need to vote absentee? If so, check the deadlines for absentee voting in your state.
- Where do I need to go to vote?
- How am I getting there? While polling places around VCU are generally within easy walking distance, you may need to find another means of transportation. VCU provides free shuttles to all polling locations around campus.
- What time will I be able to vote?
- Who or what am I voting for? You can preview your ballot and find nonpartisan candidate information here.
For more information about what to do on Election Day, read the next section: “Get to the polls.”
If you are registered at your on-campus address, you must vote in person on Election Day unless you have an extenuating circumstance preventing you from getting to the polls. Polls in Virginia are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must vote at your designated polling location, which you can check here.
All you need to vote in person is a photo ID! As a VCU student, you have the option to use your student ID to vote. You can check the full list of acceptable IDs here.
If you need to vote absentee, you can request a ballot here up to 7 days before Election Day. If you are voting absentee out of state, this deadline may be different.
Students: We have tons of opportunities to get involved in voter engagement both on and off campus! If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities or have any general voting questions, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty: Interested in providing voter education to your students? Email us at email@example.com to schedule a classroom visit or find out about more ways to keep your students informed!