Voting on Nov. 7, 2023
The November 7, 2023 election was celebrated on the UMW campus with rides to the polls from 9:00am to 6:00pm from the Bell Tower. The Fredericksburg Trolley provided free rides from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
In 2019, the University Faculty Council voted to cancel most classes on Election Day. This is part of Day on Democracy, a tradition started at UMW and now recognized nationwide by universities and colleges. At University of Mary Washington, most lecture classes are cancelled on Election Day, to encourage members of our community to participate in our democratic system. Classes that meet once a week or labs continue as scheduled and as communicated by instructors.
1. First, check your registration status
If you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can check your registration status through the Virginia Department of Elections. Follow the prompts for “check your registration status”. Confirm that you are registered to vote, and take note of where you are registered.
2. Second, make sure you know your “Residence Address”
If you are registered to vote in Virginia, you can find your Residence Address through the Virginia Department of Elections. You can also find your Residence Address by using use the QR code on this website – follow the prompts for checking your registration status, and that will tell you your residence address where you are registered to vote. If you registered to vote as a resident of campus housing (dorms and residence halls), your residence address is 1301 College Ave.
3. If you are registered to vote at your campus address, identify where your polling place is.
Students living in UMW residential housing (Dorms, Eagle Landing, or University Apartments) will vote on Election Day at:
- Dorothy Hart Community Center, 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg VA 22401
4. Do you live “off campus”, but in the City of Fredericksburg?
If you are registered to vote at your “off campus” address, find your Election Day polling place through the Virginia Department of Elections. Take note of where you are registered and what your residence address is.
5. Are you registered to vote at your parents’ address (your home address)?
Find your Election Day polling place through the Virginia Department of Elections. Take note of where you are registered and what your residence address is. Most classes are cancelled on Election Day so you may have time to drive home to vote.
6. Thank you
Thank you for being a voter. Our democracy works best when everyone participates!