Barriers to voting are generally high for college students, but if you are studying abroad this Fall, voting may seem even more daunting. Don’t worry, #DukesVote has got you covered!
How Do I Register in Virginia and Apply to Vote Absentee While I’m Studying Abroad? Just follow these steps.
Check to see if you are already registered to vote in Virginia here (you will need your social security number). You can also update your in-state information on this site if you have moved or would like to register either in Harrisonburg or at your "permanent" address (e.g. where your parents live).
Apply for a Virginia absentee application online here with your overseas address for the Fall semester (do this now!). If you do not yet know the full address where you will be residing abroad, you can supply your EMAIL (preferred by registrar) to receive an absentee ballot electronically, but include as much information you currently have, like the city and country of your study abroad (e.g. Florence, Italy; London, England; Antwerp, Belgium; Salamanca, Spain). Use “6D” as your absentee reason and put James Madison University as the supporting information.
Print and mail your absentee ballot from abroad by October 1, 2019 (the ballot must be received by the close of polls on Election Day in Virginia, which is November 5 in 2019, so make sure you mail with plenty of time to spare).
Register to vote using your residential address. You can choose to vote at a residential address EITHER in Harrisonburg OR at a “permanent” address (e.g. where your parents live). Your residence hall is an acceptable. See "What address do I use to register?."
Once you are registered to vote:
What if I don’t receive an absentee ballot in time? If you requested your absentee ballot and haven't received it at least 30 days before the election, you can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). The FWAB is an emergency backup ballot. This backup ballot can be completed using the FWAB online assistant.
Check Dukes Vote in the Fall for local and federal voter education guides. We’ll also post on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to follow us!