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Virginia Voter Registration Information

The 1998 reauthorization of the Higher Education Act of 1965 requires institutions to attempt to distribute mail-in voter registration forms and make such forms widely available to students in years when there are elections for federal office, governor or other chief executives within the state. In accordance with the statute, institutions must request a sufficient number of voter registration forms from the state in which the campus is located 120 days prior to that state's registration deadline for all students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-seeking program and physically in attendance at the institution. Institutions must distribute the forms to students no less than 60 days before the voter registration deadline. The institution will not be held liable, however, if a state fails to provide a sufficient number of forms at least 60 days prior to that state's registration deadline.

More recent legislation, enacted by Congress as part of the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act, amended the law to allow institutions to comply through electronic distribution as long as the transmitted message contains either their state's voter registration form or an internet address where such a form can be downloaded, provided that this information is in an electronic message devoted exclusively to voter registration.

 Below is the link to the Virginia Voter Registration page: