"I'm registered in Charlottesville."
You can either switch your registration to your permanent address (for most people, their parent's address) or keep it in Charlottesville.

Here are some ways to think about how to decide.
Stay registered 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 in Virginia to vote
Or, re-register at your permanent address if these are all true:

#1) Your permanent address is in another competitive Virginia district or swing state.
  • This year, the other districts in Virginia that are considered to be competitive are the 2nd and 7th (according to The Cook Political Report). See if your existing registration is in one of those districts here.
  • 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 will need to have a state-issued ID to register online in most states. Check various states' voter registration requirements here.

#3) 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.
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