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Virginia state and local elections are Tuesday, November 5. The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and Dukes Vote have put together some key information you need to exercise your right to vote.

Check voter registration! Individuals can only vote where they are registered.

Even though the deadline to register to vote or update information for this election has passed, it’s extremely important to check voter registration. Individuals can visit the Virginia Department of Elections website, enter their information, and click “Find.” Voting information will appear on the next page. Be sure to check polling location, which is an expandable section located beneath the green “continue” button.

Photo ID Required

Everyone needs a valid photo ID on Election Day. JACards (JMU Access Cards) are a valid form of identification! See more acceptable forms of photo identification here.






Election Connection

One way to counteract the tendency to not vote is to make it social.

  1. Encourage or organize walking and riding to the polls together!
  2. Stop by the Party at the Precinct at Convo (JMU’s campus precinct) from 10 am until 6 pm.
  3. Join us for the Election Night Watch Party from 7 pm until 10 pm in Madison Union Ballroom.

Election Education

  1. Learn about Harrisonburg area candidates in the nonpartisan Election Guide prepared by JMU students taking political science classes with Dr. Andreas Broscheid and Dr. Carah Ong Whaley.
  2. Read the Virginia General Assembly Overview prepared by Madison Center Democracy Fellow Ethan Gardner.
  3. Learn about the election results and implications for governance at Making Sense of the State Elections on November 6 from 5:30 pm until 7 pm in Madison Union 306.

More info: Voter Registration and Voting Guide and Election Connection.

Need a Ride Election Day?

The Madison Center and Dukes Vote have rented a van for students, faculty and staff who need a ride from campus to their polling precinct on Election Day. Pick up on campus at the Miller Hall bus loop and at Convo Center (JMU’s campus precinct) on Election Day to polling precincts in Harrionsburg or Rockingham.

Trouble voting on Election Day?

Call the Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.