Election 2016

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At Virginia Commonwealth University, we — our faculty, staff, students and alumni — are partners in our community and leaders in our nation.

Part of the responsibility of being fully engaged in your community means exercising one of your most important rights as Americans: voting.

On Nov. 8, our commonwealth will participate in many important elections. You will have the opportunity to cast your vote at the federal, state, and local level.  The leaders we elect that day will help shape the future of Virginia, its universities, its workforce, economy and much more.

As a leader in our community, both now and for the next generation, I encourage you to make your voice heard. Please make plans to vote on Nov. 8.

To do that, you must make sure that you are registered at your current address.

For our students, the student government associations are providing a free online service called TurboVote that provides everything you need to prepare for the election. There, TurboVote can confirm voter registration, send you text or email reminders on Election Day, request absentee ballots and more.

The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration was Oct. 21. However, the deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Be sure to allow extra time for mail processing. If you wish to request an absentee ballot in person, you must do so by 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 5.

If you plan to vote in person, be prepared and know the rules.

The commonwealth counts on the VCU community to be outstanding leaders who help make a difference in the lives of other people and in our nation, including by exercising your most important civil right.