During your time at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA is your home. Registering to vote locally means you will have a direct impact in choosing who will represent you in Lynchburg City Council, in Virginia’s State Legislature, and in Congress for the next few years.
You can always change your voter registration back to your home address when your time at Liberty comes to an end, but students are encouraged to register with their on or off-campus address while they are here.
Except for Alaska residents, students may change their voter registration without consequence to their dependency status on tax forms, financial aid, or changes to their driver’s license.
IMPORTANT: Being registered to vote in another state other than Alaska as an Alaska resident will effect eligibility for the Alaska Permanent Fund. More details can be found at https://pfd.alaska.gov/Eligibility/Absence-Guidelines and https://pfd.alaska.gov/Eligibility/Student-Eligibility.
Upcoming Election Day: Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2022
Virginia’s voter registration form requires voters to provide their full Social Security number when registering to vote. However, residents with a Virginia-issued driver’s license or ID number may use those to register online.
Virginia law requires voters who cast a ballot in person to present ID. However, voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID can vote by signing a statement affirming their identity.
Students registered to vote on campus may use their Student ID when they vote in the Montview Alumni Ballroom.
For off-campus voters, an acceptable form of ID can be:
Click here for a full list of acceptable IDs.
Make sure you have a plan to vote on Election Day.
Students registered with their on-campus address will vote in the 3rd Floor of the Montview Student Union in the Alumni Ballroom.
Students registered with their off-campus address should click here to look up their voting site and hours.
Voting sites will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line when the polls close, you have a right to vote. Do not leave the line until your vote has been cast. Curbside voting is available for voters with voters with disabilities and voters over age 65.
More information is available at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/accessible-voting/.
All Virginia voters may vote by mail.
If you have a Virginia driver’s license or ID card, you can request an absentee ballot online at: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/Voterinformation
If you do not have a Virginia driver’s license or ID card, you will need to fill out a paper application and email, mail, or fax it to your local registrar’s office.
A copy of the request form is available at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/registration/voter-forms/.
Your registrar must receive your absentee ballot request application by 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day before Election Day.
Completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received before noon on the third day after Election Day.
Absentee ballots can also be dropped off in-person at a drop-off location by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Please contact your local registrar’s office for drop-off locations.
Voters with disabilities can receive their absentee ballot electronically. More information is available at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/accessible-voting/.
Any voter can apply for an in-person absentee ballot at their local Board of Elections office or satellite voting location and cast their absentee ballot at the same time, beginning 45 days before an election until 5:00 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day.
Find your local Board of Elections and Registrar Office here: https://vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation/PublicContactLookup
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
Federal Financial Aid
Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.
Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.
Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from registering to vote in Virginia.
Official Election Websites
More election information at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/index.html
Liberty University and the Standing for Freedom Center intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This page should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Virginia legal professional.
Liberty University is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and does not endorse any candidate or political party.
Last updated August 2022