DukesVote is a student-led initiative at JMU, which strives to enhance the mission of civic engagement among the students by facilitating easier access to the tools and resources needed to register to vote and taking an active role in the democratic process. DukesVote brings together the work of both political and student leadership organizations on campus. The student leadership of the Student Government Association, JMU Virginia-21, College Democrats, and College Republicans work together collaboratively to facilitate easy registration with the use of TurboVote and the information necessary to make an educated electoral decision. DukesVote also seeks to enhance student participation in local civic life by providing opportunities for students to participate in Harrisonburg civic life.
Effective August 2015, the JMU campus comprises a voting precinct in the City of Harrisonburg. The new polling place at Convocation Center will open for the first General Election on November 8, 2016. To vote at Convo, students must live in a residence hall (excluding Grace Street Apartments) and register by October 17, 2016 using their on-campus address.