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A Student Guide for Registering and Voting

Step-by-step information on voting as a student in Virginia, scroll through for a full run-down.

I. Register to Vote! or Update Your Registration

Click "Register Now" on the left hand side or click on the TurboVote image on the front page.  

You can register using paper forms at the Dean’s Office, Harrison Hall, Room 1107.

You can update your registration address online and check your registration status here: www.vote.virginia.gov

II. Find Your Polling Place

Find your polling place here.

Or contact the City of Harrisonburg Voter Registrar at 540-432-7707, or online at www.harrisonburgva.gov/registrar

On Election Day polling places open at 6am and all voters in line by 7pm are allowed to vote.

III. ID Requirements & Student IDs

In-person voters must show an acceptable type of ID at the polls or they will have to vote a provisional ballot, and produce acceptable ID later. 

A Student ID may be used to vote!

Acceptable forms of ID include any one of the following:

  • Student ID issued from an institution of higher learning in the state of Virginia (either public or private);
  • Voter registration card;
  • Valid Virginia driver’s license;
  • Social Security card;
  • Identification cards issued by the US military, employer, or federal, Virginia, or local agency;
  • Concealed handgun permit; or
  • Copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter.

As of 2014, Virginia law requires you bring a valid picture ID. So, if you are bringing one of the above forms
that does not have a picture, make sure to bring in a second valid form with your photo. 

IV. Resources for Conducting Student Voter Engagement Activities

A number of Virginia guides can be found at: www.fairelectionsnetwork.com/resources/virginia.

Additional election resources include: