College is a time when many people are able to vote for the very first time, and it can be both exciting and a little confusing.
Luckily it just takes a few quick steps to make sure you know how to cast your ballot and make your voice heard.
If you are planning on voting in person on election day, which is Tuesday, November 8, you will need to know your correct voter location and need a valid photo ID. To find your correct voting location, check your voter ID card where your voting location will be listed. If you don’t have your voter ID card, you can check the Virginia Department of Elections website or contact the Wise County Registrar’s Office if registered in Wise County. The polls will be open for voters from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. After 7 p.m., voters already in line may still stay in line and still cast their vote.
As for a valid photo ID, many of the commonly issued forms of photo identification will fulfill this requirement. The easiest form for students at UVa-Wise is to use your official student ID. Other forms of acceptable identification include a driver’s license, veteran’s ID card, US passport, or other government issued photo ID. If you do not have any of these forms of ID, contact your voter registrar’s office to get a proper voting ID made.
For many voters, voting absentee is the easiest and safest way to vote. Voters may vote early by casting their absentee ballot before November 5. Voters may vote absentee if they will be out of town for work, school or other circumstances that might normally keep one from casting their ballot. This can be done by going to your local registrar’s office and voting or requesting a mail-in absentee ballot online.
Contact information for Wise County Registrar’s Office:
Phone (276) 328-8831 / Email email@example.com