William & Mary

Law students to host annual VOTEline Nov. 4

  • Helping local citizens
    Helping local citizens  Election Law Society students Allison Davis '16 and Ashley Eick '16 helped answer voters’ questions through VOTEline on Election Day in 2013.  Photo by David F. Morrill
Photo - of -

On Nov. 4, students at William & Mary Law School are set to run the W&M VOTEline at (757) 221-2890, a voter assistance hotline aimed at responding to questions local citizens have about voting. This non-partisan voter assistance hotline will be operated by members of the student Election Law Society.

Election Law Society logo"Our goal is to ensure that everyone properly registered to vote can do so," said Jonathan Gonzalez, a first-year law student and VOTEline co-coordinator. Phones will be staffed from 8  a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Volunteers will be available to answer any questions that might arise on Election Day.

VOTEline is an annual non-partisan service provided by the William & Mary Election Law Society to prevent confusion at local election precincts. The student group has operated VOTEline since November 2007.  Any citizen may call the hotline seeking information regarding his or her rights at the polls. Please note that VOTEline assistance will only be available on Election Day.

In accordance with Virginia's new Voter ID law, all in-person voters on Election Day must present an acceptable form of photo identification. Valid forms of identification include, but are not limited to, valid Virginia driver's licenses and identification cards, valid U.S. passports, valid college or university student photo identification cards from Virginia institutions of higher education, employer-issued photo identification cards, and other government-issued photo identification cards. For a complete list of acceptable forms of photo ID, visit the Virginia Department of Elections' Photo ID page. To find out where to vote, visit the Virginia Department of Elections' "Where Do I Vote?" page or call VOTEline on Election Day.

For more information about VOTEline, e-mail Jonathan Gonzalez '17 at jwgonzalez@email.wm.edu or Carrie Mattingly '17 at cmmattingly@email.wm.edu.