VCU to shuttle students to the polls on Election Day

During a single recent campus voter registration drive, 174 VCU students registered and more than...
During a single recent campus voter registration drive, 174 VCU students registered and more than 250 signed pledges to vote on Nov. 6. (Photo by Kevin Morley, University Relations)

To help Virginia Commonwealth University students get to the polls on Election Day, VCU’s Student Government Association, in partnership with VCU Parking and Transportation, will sponsor transportation for students to downtown Richmond polling locations on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Election Day shuttles will begin at James Branch Cabell Library and run on a continuous loop to four polling locations, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The following polling locations will be serviced:

  • Precinct 204: First Baptist Church, located at North Boulevard at Monument Avenue (enter from North Mulberry Street)
  • Precinct 213: George Washington Carver Elementary School, 1110 W. Leigh St.
  •  Precinct 504: Randolph Community Center, 1415 Grayland Ave.
  •  Precinct 607: Main Library, 101 E. Franklin St.


Students interested in taking the shuttle should meet at Cabell Library, and present their VCU ID card to the driver upon boarding.

Students can check their polling place location, confirm their voter registration and see what’s on the ballot at: https://www.elections.virginia.gov/.

VCU is a leading institution in student voter registration and engagement, and was listed among “America’s Best Colleges for Student Voting” in the most recent issue of Washington Monthly.

In 2016, 61.5 percent of VCU students voted, outpacing the national voting rate among all higher education institutions of 50.4 percent, according to data compiled by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, an initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education at Tufts University.

Leading an effort this fall to register, educate and mobilize VCU student voters is a coalition — called VCU Votes — that includes students and faculty in the Honors College; VCU ASPiRE, a living-learning program that promotes community engagement; the VCU Division of Community Engagement; VCU faculty members in the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture and the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Sciences; the Division of Student Affairs and others.