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Frequently Asked Questions

When is the voter registration deadline?

Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, for the November 7, 2017 General Election is Monday, October 16, 2017.

When is election day?

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Block out time to vote in your calendar!

Am I eligible to vote in Virginia?

If you are a JMU student, you may claim residency in either VA (including Harrisonburg) or your home district. These are the rules for voting in Virginia: 

  • You must be a citizen of the United States by birth or naturalization.

  • You must be a resident of Virginia not claiming a residency in another state.

  • You must be 18 years old on or before the date of the next general election.

  • You must NOT have been convicted of a felony, unless your rights have

  • been restored by the governor or other authority.

  • You must NOT have been judged to be mentally incompetent by a circuit court, unless your rights have been restored by the circuit court. 

How can I see if I'm already registered?

Look yourself up! For Virginia, visit: vote.elections.virginia.gov/VoterInformation
For all states, visit: www.rockthevote.com/get-informed/elections/am-i-registered-to-vote/

What address do I use to register?

You must use your full physical address to register. So, if you are living on campus in a residence hall (not Grace Street apts) and want to register at JMU then you need to put 800 S Main Street 22807 AND  your hall name on your voter registration form.  You must also include your PO Box for mail delivery.

If you live off-campus, use that mailing address.

Many JMU students prefer to register in their home districts and vote absentee. If you want to vote absentee you will register at that address (eg, in Norfolk, VA or Montpelier, VT). You should request an absentee ballot be sent to your Harrisonburg address. See the links for absentee balloting for more information.

When is the last day to apply for an absentee ballot?

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to request an absentee ballot by appearing in-person is 5:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4, 2017.

Use the Virginia Citizens Portal to request an absentee ballot in Virginia. 

TurboVote allows you to request absentee ballots from other states. 

I live off-campus. Where is my precinct in Harrisonburg?

For maps and information about the precincts in Harrisonburg, you can check here to find out where to vote. 

What if I still have questions?

The Virginia State Board of Elections website will answer many of your questions.  You can also email dukesvote@jmu.edu!