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Virgin Islands Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in Virgin Islands

How Do I Register To Vote in Virgin Islands

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

You can vote by absentee ballot if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Member of the Armed Forces and Spouse or dependent.
  • A student residing outside the Territory.
  • An officer or employee of the Government of the V.I. or Government of the U.S.
  • Unable to appear because of illness or physical disability (permanent or temporary).
  • A patient in a hospital, nursing home or home for the aged.
  • Absent from district because of accompanying a spouse, parent or child who would be entitled to apply for the right to vote by absentee ballot.
  • Detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury or trial, or has been confined in prison after a conviction for an offense other than a felony.
  • Any person who has not been out of the election district for more than 90 days prior to the date of the election for which absentee status is sought.

Learn more about Voting at the poll

Who Can Vote Absentee in Virgin Islands

Absentee means:

  • (a) any member of the Uniformed Services of the United States or;
  • (b) any person registered and otherwise qualified to vote in elections in the United States Virgin Islands who is:
  • (i) a person or his spouse who is engaged in educational pursuits and who is residing either outside the Territory of the Virgin Islands or in an election district other than that in which he is registered; or
  • (ii) an officer or employee of the Government of the United States Virgin Islands or the Government of the United States assigned to official duties outside of the election district in which he is registered; or
  • (iii) the spouse of any member of the Uniformed Services of the United States; or
  • (iv) any person who has not been out of the election district in which he is registered for more than 90 days prior to the date of the election for which absentee status is sought; or
  • (v) unable to appear personally at the polling place of the election district in which he is a qualified voter because of illness or physical disability, whether permanent or temporary, or because he will be or is a patient in a hospital, nursing home, or home for the aged; or
  • (vi) an inmate or patient in a Veterans' Administration hospital; or
  • (vii) absent from the district of his residence because of his accompanying a spouse, parent or child who would be entitled to apply for the right to vote by absentee ballot;
  • (viii) absent from his voting residence because he has been detained in jail awaiting action by a grand jury or trial, or has been confined in prison after a conviction for an offense other than a felony; or
  • (ix) duly registered to vote, but will be unable to vote in person based on religious grounds.

(2) "Uniformed Services of the United States" means the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, United States Public Health Services Commissioned Corps, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps and the Merchant Marine.”

Special Write-In Absentee Ballot means a method for voting by military and other persons overseas who, due to military contingencies or special circumstances such as those faced by submariners, national community service organizations, missionaries or others in remote areas, will be out of the communication for extended periods of time and unable to receive the regular ballot in the normal time frame. “

Learn more about Absentee Voting

What If My Address Has Changed

Q. How do I change my party affiliation, name, address etc…?

  • Changing affiliation, name, address etc… must be done in person at any of the Election System’s office, by completing the necessary form.

College students

  • At School:Students can establish residency in Virginia if they have a present intent to remain at their Virginia school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home.[8] Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional.
  • To establish voting residency in Virginia, you must have a “place of abode”—a physical dwelling like a house or apartment—and “domicile” in Virginia.[9] To be domiciled in Virginia, your in-state physical dwelling must be your primary home and what you consider “the center of [your] domestic, social and civil life.”[10] College students do not need specific intent to stay in their college jurisdiction beyond graduation in order to establish voting residency.[11] In addition, residency in Virginia must be broadly construed to provide the greatest opportunity to register and to vote.[12]
  • At Home. Students who lived in Virginia before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their Virginia voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ Virginia address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Like all states, Virginia allows students to keep their voting residency even if they move out of the district to attend school, and the only way you will lose this residency is by establishing residency in a new state. Registering to vote in another state may automatically be considered an abandonment of your Virginia residency.[13]
  • If you have established residence in another state and are moving back to Virginia with the intent to reside there, you will have to follow the normal registration procedures to re-register at home.
  • Voting in Virginia may be considered a declaration of residency, potentially making you subject to other laws that govern state residents.

Learn more about Movers/college students Voting

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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Virgin Islands does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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