Register to Vote

Join in.

Make your voice a part of the political process.  Below you will find a message from the university on voter registration, followed by a list of helpful links we’ve compiled to aid you in registering to vote and learning more about the process in general.  Should you need any help or have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact OACS.

www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs | oacs@vanderbilt.edu | 615-343-7878 | Rand 305

Dear Vanderbilt University Students:

Vanderbilt University strongly encourages its students to register to vote and participate in the democratic process.  Federal law requires that the university provide Tennessee voter registration information to students in attendance at Vanderbilt.  The voter registration form and instructions for the State of Tennessee are available at http://www.state.tn.us/sos/election/forms/ss-3010.pdf .  Copies of the form may also be obtained from the Office of Active Citizenship and Service (Rand 305), the front desk at the Sarratt Student Center, and the front desk at the Commons Center.

Please note that the deadline for voter registration in Tennessee is thirty days before an election. The deadline for submission of the voter registration form is 5pm on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Early voting will take place October 15 – October 30, 2014.

Students who will vote in Tennessee should be aware that the Tennessee photo identification requirement specifies that university identification cards will not be accepted at the polls: http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/photoID.htm.  Tennessee residency requirements may be found at:http://www.tn.gov/sos/election/residency.htm.

If you are an out-of-state resident, the United States Election Assistance Commission provides information regarding voter registration and absentee voting, as well as links to all state election commission sites at http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/contact_your_state.aspx Voter registration information and requirements also may be found at http://www.canivote.org/.

Registering to vote in Tennessee will in no way affect your federal financial aid or any other grants or scholarships that do not have a specific residency requirement. However, there are some sources of financial aid or scholarships and grants that are conditioned upon residency in another state.  If you receive any sort of financial assistance that is limited to residents of a state other than Tennessee,registering to vote as a resident of the State of Tennessee may affect your residency status for purposes of that out-of-state financial assistance.  Students receiving such assistance should review the residency requirements under their out-of-state financial aid or scholarship and grant programs before registering to vote in Tennessee.

Should you have questions or need help, the Office of Active Citizenship and Service staff is located in Rand 305 and would be pleased to assist you.

The Office of Active Citizenship & Service
Vanderbilt University

www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs
oacs@vanderbilt.edu
(615) 343-7878

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