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Campus Vote Project

Published date: November 3, 2020

Greeting Trojans! The November 2020 elections are upon us, and we want to ensure you head to the polls prepared. This November is the 2020 Presidential Election, along with various state and local elections in the state of Virginia. As we have many Trojans from all over the U.S we want to ensure that if you are on campus during this time, or a Virginia resident that you are able to vote. The VSU Democracy fellows for Campus Vote Project have put together this information sheet to clarify any questions you may have about registration deadlines, along with contacts and link resources for voter registration.

Out of State Voter Registration Guide (PDF)

Election Day
Election Day is November 3, 2020. Polling hours in the state of Virginia are from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Registration Deadlines
The deadline to register to vote in Virginia is on October 13, 2020. If you are not registered to vote, want to change your registration or have questions about your registration please check your status on the Virginia Elections website. If you wish to access the site, click here. If you do not wish to vote at the polls on election day and prefer to mail in an absentee ballot, the deadline to request a ballot is on October 23, 2020. The request must be received by the registrar by 5:00 p.m. that day ; If you have more questions about absentee ballots or early voting, click here.
Virginia now also has early voting; early voting begins September 19th and ends October 31st.

What to bring to the polls?
In the state of Virginia, you must have an acceptable form of identification in order to vote. Some of the most common acceptable forms of ID include a Driver’s License and a U.S Passport. Please make sure to check the Virginia Elections website for more ID forms and be sure to bring one of them to the polls! To access the website, click here.

Voter Registration with Campus Address
As a Trojan you are assigned an on-campus address, which is 1 Hayden Drive and your P.O box. If you are currently still in Ettrick Apartments, or are in the Petersburg area and are registered under your campus address your locality will be under Chesterfield County. Being under your campus address your polling location will be the Multipurpose Center. For students who are registered to vote with their campus address and are now home, please remember to change your registration to the location where you reside. If you would like to switch your registration or register to vote under your campus address click here. Also if you have further questions about registering to vote as a college student, click here.

Contacts and Resourceful Links
If you wish to access The Virginia Department of Elections website, click here. If you have questions about registration, and want to speak to a representative call the National Voter Hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or visit their website at 866ourvote.org. Also, you can contact any Democracy Fellow for further questions or concerns.
Ja’Neese Jefferson : jjef6907@students.vsu.edu 
Jeremiah Brooks : jbro8383@students.vsu.edu 
Jashuan Hyde : jhyd2627@students.vsu.edu 

I would like to leave you with these two quotes by the Rev. Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.
“ Voting is the foundation stone for political action."
“ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Let’s take action and allow our vote to be our voice. See you at the poll Trojans!