James Madison University

Social Work Major Featured on WHSV

By: Daniel Vieth
Posted: October 22, 2013

Despite the importance of young people being a part of their political system, voter turnout for college-aged students remains one of the lowest of all of the age groups. According to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, the voter turnout for 18 to 24 year old citizens was only 41.2% during the 2012 Presidential Elections, compared to 66.3% for citizens above the age of 30. At James Madison University, however, there are a group of students who feel they can inspire more young people to get out and vote.

Dukes Vote is a student-led initiative at JMU that intends to get more students voting on election day. They accomplish this by combining the efforts of other groups on campus, such as the Student Government Association, to form a campus-wide effort to get students registered, informed, and out to the polls.

Isaac Trice, a JMU Social Work major and leader of Dukes Vote, was recently interviewed by WHSV about the program.