JMU Students Could Face Tighter Voter Registration Requirements

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

College students in Harrisonburg could face tighter restrictions when they sign up to vote in the city this fall.

Last year, some James Madison University students were allowed to register to vote even if they did not specify exactly where they lived on campus. Many students registered by using JMU's office address.

The Harrisonburg Electoral Board is hoping to change that this year by adopting a measure that would require students to specify which dorm or apartment they live in when they register to vote.

If the students offer an address that is not a residence, the registration would be rejected, and the board would ask the student to provide a residential address.

The change would not apply to students who are already registered.

The proposal was made by a task force committee that is hoping to get the regulation passed for the entire state. There is not enough time to get the it approved by the Virginia State Board of Elections before November's election.

However, the Harrisonburg Electoral Board plans to meet next month to vote to adopt the measure just for the city in time for November.


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