"I'm not registered to vote, and my permanent address is not in Virginia."
You can register either in Charlottesville or at your permanent address. Here are some ways to think about where to register.
Register in Charlottesville because...
Charlottesville is in a competitive Congressional district
Virginia is a swing state
It may be easier for you to vote here rather than travel elsewhere to vote or vote by mail
Or, register at your permanent address if these are bothtrue:
#1) Your permanent address is in a swing state. These states have a >1% likelihood to swing the presidential election, according to data analysts at FiveThirtyEight: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska's 2nd District, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
#2) You are confident you will be able to vote by mail, or you know you can easily vote in person at your permanent address. See your state's policy on mail-in voting here.
Be aware: If UVA sends students home due to COVID-19, the Post Office will not be able to forward any mail-in ballots to another address. If you are worried about this, consider registering in Charlottesville instead.
Do you want to register in Charlottesville or at your permanent address?
I want to vote in Charlottesville, and I have a Virginia Driver's License or state-issued ID
I want to vote in Charlottesville, but my only ID is from out of state
I want to vote at my permanent address
HoosVoting.com is a a collaborative, non-partisan initiative led by all of the organizations below.
Student Council is the governing and representative body of students at the University of Virginia, and serves to protect and improve the rights, opportunities, and quality of life of every student at the University. UVA Student Council leads voter registration efforts, student voter education, and facilitates rides to the polls for students with limited transportation options.
Forge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that prepares students with the modern skills they need to make an impact in the world. 1,000+ students each year learn design, marketing, data science and more through its engaging, community-driven programs. Forge created HoosVoting.org and a rideshare system to get students to the polls in collaboration with Student Council, University Democrats, and College Republicans.
University Democrats inform students about the values and issues of the Democratic Party and link students to the wider political and Charlottesville community through meetings, campaigning, events, and educational programs. UDems assists with voter registration and student voter education.
The College Republicans at the University of Virginia is a political organization dedicated to promoting Republican principles, electing Republican officials, and providing speakers, debates, and more. College Republicans assist with voter registration and student voter education.