Voter Registration for College Students

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

The Rockingham County Registrar said all students who go to college in Virginia are allowed to register and vote here and local organizations are working to get that message to young people.

Alex Berry works for a non-partisan organization registering voters, which has a focus on college students.

"It's a lot easier for students to vote here than absentee,” said Berry. “The absentee process can be confusing, and obviously they are affected by the local city council races. It doesn't make much difference nationally, but locally it makes a big difference."

Students Stephanie Clark and Zachary Marshall do not mind the process.

“It was easy. All I did was fill out my name and stuff. I guess I'll hear back soon on what to do,” said Clark.

"It was simple and easy. It took like 5 minutes," said Marshall.

Berry said young people should vote and they will have a large impact on the outcome of this election.

“I think they're going to have the utmost effect,” said Berry. “I think both parties are targeting them. The course of this country is going to be dictated by them over the next few decades.”

Some students are just finding out that they can register and vote here.

"I was planning on voting at home, so I could vote in my congressional district, but it slipped my mind before I moved in here," said Marshall.

"I didn't know how to, actually, before but I always wanted to register. Now that I'm 18, I can vote," said Clark.

Luckily, Berry has not had much trouble registering college students.

“I believe they have the capacity to be more passionate about the election. Older voters can be more apathetic, because they've seen politics work throughout their lifetimes, but younger voters haven't."

You can register to vote here: Virginia State Board of Elections

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