VCU Votes is a network of VCU students, faculty and staff members dedicated to promoting voter engagement on campus.
Virginia will vote for Governor, Lieutenant Governor and House of Delegates in 2021.
VCU Student Commons is a polling location for some residential students
VCU students have the choice between registering to vote at their permanent address or at their on-campus address. While voting on campus is usually easier, some students may choose to register at their parent’s address if they have a special interest in elections back home or feel that their vote will count more. Every time your address changes, you must re-register.
For more information on registering as a college student, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.
The deadline to register to vote is 22 days before the election, and students are encouraged to register early. Register to vote or check your voter registration status via Vote.org or the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
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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.
Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member, the information on this page will help you engage in the voting process as an educated citizen.
Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
Visit The Andrew Goodman Foundation for a comprehensive guide to voter registration, deadlines and 2021 election information:
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The VCU Office of Institutional Equity, Effectiveness and Success (IES) in collaboration with the Center for Community Engagement and Impact is developing a series of IExcel eLearning courses on Engaged Citizenship. The first course in this series is called the Active Citizen's Toolkit.
Inside this toolkit you'll find a variety of resources to prepare you for an active role in your community. You'll find different ways to engage and use your voice in methods such as volunteering, voting, and protesting. You'll find there is an activity for every student to get involved when you are informed on an issue.
Given the possibility of unforeseen delays, VCU Votes urges registering and voting in advance of deadlines.
September 18, 2021: Early and absentee voting begins in Virginia
September 28, 2021: National Voter Registration Day
October 11, 2021: Deadline to register to vote, or update existing registration
October 22, 2021 by 5 p.m: Deadline to request an absentee ballot
November 2, 2021: November General Election
The Virginia Department of Elections is encouraging voters to protect their health during COVID-19 by voting absentee.
Three Ways to Request an Absentee Ballot:
Before Election Day, learn about the candidates and make a voting plan. Consider the following questions:
For more information about early voting, visit the Virginia Department of Elections website.
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This class has given me perspective on how my peers and I are the exact target audience for "Get out the Vote" campaigns.
The VCU Votes Advisory Council is an active group of faculty, students, and staff members that coordinates campus-wide voter engagement events, provides voter education and works to make VCU the most voter-friendly campus it can be. You can also schedule a classroom visit from VCU Votes and receive information on how to help your students become and stay engaged as voters.
Jacqueline Smith-Mason, Associate Dean, Honors College
Matt Tessema, VCU Student and Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere Ambassador
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The VCU Votes Student Coalition is a network of VCU students 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.
Join our group on RamsConnect to stay connected with events this fall, including National Voter Registration Day, debates, watch parties, and much more! Our team is here to help you navigate your civic duty while in college.
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