The College Democrats take voting rights very seriously. Please let us know if you have any questions about voting or registering. Contact us at email@example.com.
(Complete information can be found at the State Board of Elections website.)
How to Register to Vote on GMU’s Campus (for students living on- campus)
1. First and foremost, make sure you meet the guidelines to register to vote, provided here: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/Voter_Information/Registering_to_Vote/Index.html
2. Do you meet all the guidelines? Great! Now you will need to get a voter registration form. You can print one out here: http://www.sbe.virginia.gov/cms/documents/VoterRegistration/sbe_voter_app_DOJ-Printed.pdf (You can also pick a form up at any meeting of the GMU Democrats!)
3. Fill out the form ENTIRELY. List your on campus address (including PMB box #) as your address. Any student living on-campus with an on campus mailbox is allowed to vote at the campus precinct (located in University Hall). If you live in the Student Townhouses, use your designated mailbox number.
4. Make sure to sign and date the form. Additionally, make sure you closely fill out step 7. If you do not check a box in step 7 your application will be void.
5. You do not need to fill out the “receipt” section.
6. Mail your form to the Fairfax County Registrar:
12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22030
You may also bring your voter registration form to a GMU Democrats meeting and the club will mail it in for you. We will provide you with a receipt for your registration form to ensure the protection of your personal information.
7. In 2-4 weeks, you will receive a voter card in the mail. It will indicate that you vote at University precinct.
8. On Election Day, bring a valid photo ID (Per Virginia law, your Mason student ID counts as a valid photo ID) and your voter card to University Hall (across from Starbucks).
If you’re not sure whether or not you are registered, you can check your status here. If you have voted in the past and have not moved, you are still registered at that location. WARNING: If you registered at the DMV and you never received a voter card, there is a chance that your Application was never submitted. Check your voter registration status at least a month before Election Day.
RESTORATION OF RIGHTS FOR EX-OFFENDERS
If you were convicted of a felony, you need to have your rights restored before you can register to vote. (In most other states, restoration is automatic. If you were convicted in another state, it is more likely that you can be restored there before registering here.) If you were convicted in Virginia, you must submit an Application for Restoration of Rights to the Governor through the Secretary of the Commonwealth. There are two different applications depending on the nature of the conviction.
There are two ways to vote absentee: In-Person and by mail. Click to view the Absentee Ballot Application.
In-Person Absentee voting is a lot like early voting. You can visit your local Elections Board office and vote days or weeks before Election Day. Click here to view information about voting absentee in Fairfax County.
To vote absentee by mail, you must first mail in the Application. Then, a personalized ballot will be mailed to you at the address you provided. You must complete and mail in that ballot by Election Day in order for your vote to be counted.
Requirements: Both types of absentee voting have the same requirements, which are listed on the Application. It is very easy to meet these requirements. For example, if you will be traveling outside of your County/City at any time on Election day, you are eligible (this is quite likely to happen since we live so close to other jurisdictions such as Fairfax City, and Arlington or Prince William County).
Warning: A common mistake made by college students is to assume that being a student automatically makes you eligible to vote absentee. However, this only applies if you are attending a school outside of the county or city in which you are registered. Please see if you meet one of the other requirements.
On August 23rd, 2011, some primary elections will be held for local or legislative offices. Many parts of Fairfax and Arlington Counties will be subject to primary elections for offices such as Delegate, State Senate and Supervisor so if you are registered in one of those areas, be sure to vote August 23 to select your favorite candidate to run in the General Election.
On November 8th, 2011, there will be multiple offices up for election in Virginia. Every Virginian has a State Senator and a State Delegate representing them. This year, all 140 of the General Assembly members are up for election. If you live in a county such as Fairfax, then candidates for Supervisor, School Board and more will also be on the ballot. One of our roles this year will be to educate and inform voters as to who their candidates are. The George Mason Democrats will be working to get out the vote, because we know that young voters can make the difference in this election!