First Time Voters



You may feel that choosing a president or a senator just isn’t something that affects your life right now. You might not yet be struggling with issues like college debt or finding a full-time job.

Adulthood brings many new challenges, like college, marriage, buying a house, paying for your own health insurance, and/or starting a business, all of which could radically change your perspective on political issues.

While you can’t predict who or where you’ll be in four years, you can be sure that the political officials elected into office and the policies they implement will impact your life in the coming months and years. Why not have a say? Speak up, make a choice, and take part in the election to protect your interests in your first few years in the real world. (Read more here)

These resources are to help you educate your networks, organizations, classrooms, campuses, and audiences on what they need to be #VoteReady.

“First-time voters are some of the most important Americans to show up on Election Day because they represent the newest voices making their wishes for government known.  But learning about how the voting process works and getting registered can seem overwhelming – especially for students or other young people who already have enough on their plates. The following guide simplifies what it takes to cast your first vote and offers helpful advice to prepare you for the polls”.
-Brenda A. Gold,

It's Never Too Late to Be a First Time Voter

What you’ll find on this website

  • Steps to Vote
  • First Time Voter Demographics
  • Voting Rights and Rules
  • How to Choose a Political Party or Affiliation
  • Voting Away from Home
  • What to Expect at the Polls

Becoming an Informed Voter

Here’s some useful research and information websites:

Voting Dates and Registration

  • October 15, 2019: Voting Registration Deadline
  • November 5, 2019: Next General Election
  • February 10, 2020: Presidential Primaries Registration Deadline
  • March 3, 2020: Virginia Primaries
  • October 12, 2020: Election Registration Deadline
  • November 3, 2020: General Election, Presidential Election

Register to Vote in Virginia