Absentee Ballot information
Check Your Voter Registration Information
Registered to vote? Moved and need to make sure your am registered at the correct address? Please visit Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Elections website to check your status.
Where Should I Register to Vote?Students who reside on-campus may register to vote at the VWU address. They are then eligible to vote in the precinct that surrounds the campus. If you register to vote on the VWU campus, you may only vote at the VWU precinct. You cannot register to vote at the VWU address and then vote back at your permanent residence.
Deadlines for Registering and Voting
The Commonwealth of Virginia has established the following deadlines in order to vote:
The Voter Registration deadline in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the November 2nd election is October 11th for online registrations and in-person registration. All registrations mailed in must be postmarked by October 11th also. Wesleyan Engaged will stop collecting paper registrations on October 8th so that they can be hand delivered on the 11th to the City of Virginia Beach Elections Office.
For Marlin community members who are registered to vote outside of the Commonwealth, you can visit the U.S. Vote Foundation, select your state, and see the election deadlines.Wesleyan Engaged is working with VoteReady VA. VoteReady VA allows all students, faculty, and staff to sign-up for reminders regarding checking registration, getting information about races on the ballot, reminding a voter about important dates/deadlines, sending a voter about their polling place, and/or sending a voter information about voting by mail.
Registering to Vote
If you wish to register to vote in the Commonwealth of VA or adjust your registration, you may visit the Marlins Vote page on the VoteReady VA website or you may stop by the Wesleyan Engaged Office (113 Clarke) or Hofheimer Library to fill out a voter registration form. Both sites can register you to vote anywhere in Virginia.
Absentee Voting/Voting By Mail
If you are not going to be able to get to your polling office to vote on Election Day, you may opt to vote by absentee ballot. For those individuals in the Commonwealth of Virginia, please visit the Marlins Vote VoteReady VA website and select Request a Ballot.
For those who are not registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you must start your request for an absentee or vote-by-mail ballot with your state or territorial election office. Every state’s voting rules are different, including the rules for who can vote by mail and how to obtain an absentee or mail-in ballot.
- To begin, visit your state or territorial election office website and look for “Absentee Voting” or “Voting By Mail.” If you don’t see either term quickly, try using the site’s search tool.
- Your state may require you to have a valid excuse to vote absentee. Acceptable excuses vary by state. However, most include:
- Having an illness, injury, or disability that prevents you from getting to your designated polling place
- Being on business travel or vacation outside of your county or city of residence on Election Day
- Being a student at an out-of-state college or university
- This National Conference of State Legislatures table shows which states require an excuse.
- Follow your state’s instructions for requesting an absentee or vote-by-mail ballot online or by mail.
- If you are required to have an authorized official to sign-off on your ballot, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Kurisky, Executive Director of Wesleyan Engaged who can serve as this official.
Campus Select, a non-partisan voter engagement organization, has created three videos regarding voting by mail.
- COVID No, Voting Yes! examining why Voting By Mail might be important this year
- Voting By Mail: Myths vs. Facts
- How Do I Vote By Mail?
Vote From Abroad
Are you a Marlin that is living abroad? Can't make it back to the US to vote at home? Please visit Vote From Abroad to request a ballot now.