Representative democracy works best when all perspectives are represented in political and decision-making processes. Yet, not everyone can equally access, express voice or participate in democracy. ONE way to have your voice heard is by voting. Dukes Vote is planning these events around the elections to increase informed participation. Join us!

Walk Together to the Polls

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Millions of people who are eligible to vote in elections won’t. However, not voting makes it more difficult to express your views and hold elected officials accountable.

One way to counteract the tendency to not vote is to make it social. Dukes Vote encourages you to organize a walk to the poll with your hallmates, friends and family. 

First things first, you can only vote where you are registered! Make sure to check your polling location, which is available on the Virginia Department of Elections website and under an expandable section located beneath the green “continue” button. Need help? Consult our Voter Registration and Voting Guide. Third, get to walkin’ to #votetogether and rock the vote!

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Nonpartisan Voter Education Guide

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The James Madison Center for Civic Engagement and students of Professor Andreas Broscheid's Honors Political Science Class are please to present the 2019 Voter Education Guide - Harrisonburg edition. The guide includes biographical profiles provided by candidates standing for election in the Virginia Senate, House of Delegates, Commonwealth's Attorney, Sheriff and Soil and Water Conservation District Manager races. In addition, it includes all candidate reponses' to student questionaires.

Thank you to all the candidates and their campaigns for taking the time to respond to questions and provide information so that our communities can make informed decisions on Election Day.

This guide was produced by students in Dr. Andreas Broscheid's Fall 2019 Honors Political Science Class: Chesney Benson, Marina Bien, Roma Broadberry, Alexis Buonfigli, Colette Ciskanik, Emily Dickson, Lynnsey Hamilton, Lizzie Hayes, Lauren Kristofco, Saidah Lerman, Sabbah Mughel, Elizabeth Neslund, Amanda Peroe, Monica Slater, Soe Wadi.

Design, editing, production and layout by James Madison Center for Civic Engagement: Sarah Gully and Dr. Carah Ong Whaley.

Previous Voter Guides

The James Madison University 2018 Voter Education Guide 

Prepared by: Students of Professor Andreas Broscheid’s Honors Political Science Class: Sophie Brause, Calvin Chenault, Kasey Clayton, Grant Colip, Kathleen Connor, Madison Dobscha, Madalyn Ferlazzo, Makeda Fikremariam, Michael Friedman, Aliyah Hall, Charlie Hines, Meredith Lawing, Abby Maltese, Eric Maxwell, Lindsey Monito, Riya Patel, Zach Pennycuff, Lauren Slaughter, William Tyler Strosnider, Ben Uehlinger; and by staff of the James Madison Center for Civic Engagement: Ysabella Chua (Design and Layout), Dr. Carah Ong Whaley.

Election VANguard

Need a ride from campus to your polling precinct on Election Day? JMU Civic and Dukes Vote got you covered!

Pick up on campus at the Miller Hall bus loop and at Convo Center (JMU's campus precinct) on Election Day for any students needing a ride to their polling precinct in Harrionsburg or Rockingham.

Wondering where you are registered? Check our voting FAQs.

Be sure to look up your precinct and confirm your registration on the Virginia Department of Elections website.

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Party at the Precinct

Did you know that participating in voting celebrations increases voter turnout between 1 and 4 percent? Celebrate democracy and the elections with Dukes Vote at our Party at the Precinct.

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Election Night Party

We'll be mixing substance and entertainment in our Election Night Watch Party in Madison Union on November 5, 2019 from 7-10 PM. Breeze TV will be doing live coverage of election returns from the party.

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Traveling Candidate Town Hall

Engage with House of Delegates candidates and make informed choices before you vote on Election Day!

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