Austin Interns Educate Early Voters

In the two weeks of early voting, prior to Election Day, the Project Vote Smart interns in the Austin, Texas office tabled outside of the polling location on the University of Texas’s campus. The goal was to pass out the Voter’s Self Defense Manual, educate voters, and inform them about our organization. With a great location right outside the doors, voters both entering and exiting the polling location were able to ask questions and learn more about the candidates and issues. We also had a laptop set up for undecided voters to use the VoteEasy tool.

While some people had heard of the organization, many people were relieved to find unbiased information regarding the election. In the midst of a bustling city campus sparked by the upcoming election, we were proud to offer Project Vote Smart’s nonpartisan information to all those who were willing to listen.

All of the interns who tabled were excited to share their knowledge with the community. Once people were made aware of Project Vote Smart’s mission, they left our table eager to vote and share the fact-based information with friends and family. We believe that the tabling experience benefitted the voters on campus and encouraged more people to vote smart!

Melanie Magnotto, majoring in Social Work, and Hunter Ratcliff, majoring in Government, are students at the University of Texas at Austin. Both Hunter and Melanie are currently interning with Project Vote Smart.