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Texas Voting Summit & Network

The Texas Voting Network is a collaboration formed from the Texas Voting Summit. The Summit is a nonpartisan event hosted by TX Votes in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life.

The Texas Voting Summit is an invitation-only, two-day event hosted by TX Votes in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute, Campus Vote Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Campus Compact. Invited students and faculty members from Texas colleges and universities will attend the Summit to learn about Texas’ low civic participation rates and then they will develop or update campus plans to increase campus and community civic participation rates.

The Texas Voting Summit will feature the following opportunities:

  • Voter Registration and Election Process Panels
  • Instruction on best practices for voter education
  • Campus plan workshops
  • Networking with Texas elected officials and national organizations
  • Connections to the voter registration tools and networks, such as the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), the Strengthening American Democracy action plan template, and the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

The Texas Voting Summit is a free event for invited students, meaning there is no conference fee for invited students.

In addition to no conference fee, students who will travel from institutions that are 50 miles away from the University of Texas at Austin will receive free hotel accommodations for the night of August 20th, and students who will travel from institutions that are over 225 miles away from the Univerisity of Texas at Austin will receive a travel stipend in addition to free hotel accommodations.

For more information about the Texas Voting Summit, please contact Kassie Barroquillo, the TX Votes Program Coordinator, at texasvotingsummit@utexas.edu.


For Elected Officials and Their Staff

State elected officials are invited to the Texas Voting Summit's Pizza with Politicans lunch on Monday, August 21 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Legislative Conference Center Room E 2.002. State elected officials should expect students from their district to personally invite them to the lunch hour. State elected officials may personally attend or send a representative from their staff office to attend in their place. Due to capacity limits within the room, we ask that officials try to limit how many people they send to attend the Pizza with Politicians lunch hour. 

If elected officials, or a representative from their office, plan to attend the Summit, please email Grace Thomas at texasvotingsummit@utexas.edu that their office plans to attend. RSVPing is not required, but encouraged. Walk-ins without RSVPs are still permissible. 


News

Announcing: The Texas Voting Network

The Summit has officially wrapped up, and now the Summit and its participatns are transitioning into the Texas Voting Network. The Network includes webinairs and check-ins with other participants leading up to the 2018 midterms.


The Texas Voting Summit is over

With a total of 109 particpants and 35 higher education institutions represented, the Texas Voting Summit was the largest and longest voting summit in the country this year. We would like to thank all our particpants and community partners for making this Summit such a successful event. 73 students and 12 facultly members were able to learn about voting in Texas and create or update campus plans for their institutions!


YI Video Contest for Texas Voting Summit Participants

Young Invinicles offers Texas Voting Summit particpants $15,000 worth of prize awards via a video contest. A total of 35 prizes will be distributed through (20) $250 awards, (10) $500 awards, and (5) $1,000 awards. Particpants may compete for prizes by creating and submitting a 90-second video detailing an institution's campus plans and events to encourage voter registration and turnout rates.