Highlanders Vote!

Voting is one of the quickest and most direct ways for you to contribute to the future of your community and the entire nation. All students over the age of 18 are eligible to vote. Before you vote, you must register in a single location. You can register in your home town or Radford, but not both.  Your choice will determine where you can vote on Election Day, so it’s best to choose the place you will be then.  Registering to vote is easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. If you aren’t registered, press the button below that applies to you.

To vote in an election, you must be registered at least 22 days before the date of that election, so plan ahead.

What do I need to become a registered voter in Virginia?

  • Be a resident of Virginia (a person who has come to Virginia for temporary purposes and intends to return to another state is not considered a resident for voting purposes).
  • Be a U. S. Citizen.
  • Be 18 years old (any person who is 17 years old and will be eighteen years of age at the next general election shall be permitted to register in advance and also vote in any intervening primary or special election).
  • Not be registered and plan to vote in another state.
  • Not currently declared mentally incompetent by a court of law.
  • If convicted of a felony, your right to vote must have been restored.

For students

  • You can use either your home address or your address at Radford University, even if it is one of our residence halls.
  • If you are registered in your home town and want to vote in Radford, you will have to update your voter registration status with your Radford address.
  • Unsure if you’re registered or not? Check your voter status.
  • If you are registered in your home town and it isn’t in Radford, you will need to either go to your assigned polling place in your home town OR request an absentee ballot in advance. Absentee applications are available online.
  • Learn more about absentee voting.

Important dates to remember

How Do I ...

Change My Voter Registration to an On-Campus Address?

To change your address, you need to go through the standard Virginia voter application process.  When you begin the process, the form will prompt you to update your address.  Voter registration requires a street address, and every RU building has its own unique address.  Use the table below to find your address and include it in your application.

Request An Absentee Ballot?