Register to Vote

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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. | | 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 .  Copies of the form may also be obtained from the Office of Active Citizenship and Service or the front desk at the Sarratt Student Center.  Please note that the deadline for voter registration in Tennessee is thirty days before an election.

Election Day for November 2013 is Tuesday, November 5th, on which day gubernatorial elections will be held in New Jersey and Virginia.  Should you plan to vote absentee in either state’s election, please keep in mind that you must register 21 days in advance in New Jersey and 22 days in advance in Virginia.  The links provided below will help direct you to all resources and timelines you may need in the registration and voting processes.

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:  Tennessee residency requirements may be found at:

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 Voter registration information and requirements also may be found at

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 yourresidency 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
(615) 343-7878