TX Votes

TX Votes is a student organization that organizes voter registration and voter education activities to increase campus civic engagement and electoral awareness. Visit tx-votes.com for more information! 


TX Votes is a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin that invites students campus wide to increase electoral participation and create more voters and better citizens. Each election cycle, TX Votes, in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute, organizes and coordinates Get Out the Vote activities including registration booths, deputization sessions, and campus competitions. During off election cycles, TX Votes educates the UT community and engages in respectful and civil discourse on important issues. Despite campus engagement looking different this year, TX Votes hasn't ceased to organize campus digitally leading up to the 2020 General Election.

TX Votes meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. New members can join at any point in the semester. For more information and to get access to upcoming, digital events - follow them on social media. 

Click here if you’re interested in TX Votes!

Click here to check your voter registration or get registered to vote!

Visit the new TX Votes website for more voting information.

TX Votes offers opportunities to register University of Texas students to vote. If you are a student organization, professor, institute, etc. that would like to have us out to register your students to vote, please fill out this short form.

Please consider supporting TX Votes by making a donation today. All money will go toward supporting the work of our students as we register, educate, and get out the vote.

DONATE HERE


TX Votes Awards and Recognition

  • 2019 Outstanding Student Organization Tower Award Recipient
  • 2018 Voter Friendly Campus Designation
  • 2017 Outstanding Student Organization Tower Award Recipient
  • 2016 Voter Friendly Campus Designation
  • 2016 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Bronze Seal Award
    • Overall Most Improved Undergraduate Voter Turnout
    • Best-in-Class Large Campus Most Improved Voting Rate

 Current Events

General Election

Election Day for the General Election is Tuesday, November 3 with early voting from Tuesday, October 13 to Friday, October 30. During early voting, polls are open in Travis County, where campus is located, from 7am to 7pm every day except for Sunday which opens from 12pm to 6pm.

Polling locations on campus at The University of Texas will be located at the Flawn Academic Center and Gregory Gym


UT Austin Voting Data & Campus Plan

As part of the Voter Friendly Campus Program, TX Votes put together a campus plan to guide civic learning and democratic engagement each year. 


Upcoming Events

Civic Engagement Alliance Meeting 

Meet to discuss plans leading up to and including the March Primaries and think ahead to the 2020 Presidential Election in November. VDR trainings will follow each meeting. Civic Engagement Alliance meetings have concluded for the Fall 2020 semester but please visit our website or email Krisa Gehlhausen for more information. 

TX Votes Bi-weekly Meetings

Follow us on facebook to stay up to date with TX Votes' upcoming meetings and events. As we get closer to the election, in addition to bi-weekly meetings, TX votes will host events like Presidential debate watchparties, campus canvasses, and more - and all virtual. 

To see upcoming meetings and opportunities for digital engagement, visit our facebook page. 

Campus Canvassing

Students are more inclined to listen to other students provide them with information on how to vote, why elections are important, and why they should make a plan to vote. Students are even more likely to listen to their friends tell them this information. TX Votes has began organizing virtual campus canvasses where members will use their own networks to engage in relational organizing, messaging their friends across UT and making sure they're up to date on voting deadlines and the process of voting!

Please email Cole Wilson to get involved with the Campus Canvas program leading up to the November election.


TX Votes in the News (2019-2020 Election Cycle)

2019-2020 Past Events

TX Votes End-of-Semester Celebration

On Tuesday, December 10 TX Votes celebrated the end of semester by honoring our graduating seniors, host a white elephant exchange, and enjoy a Cabo Bob's taco bar. TX Votes alumni attended the celebration!

Recharge Your Civic Battery

The New Politics Forum, Texas Civic Ambassadors and TX Votes held an event for some quality recharge time. We invited students and professionals from across the political spectrum to come together over a meal to chat, network, and relax. Dinner, drinks, and a care package were provided.

Tie Dye, Tacos & TX Votes

TX Votes hosted students for its first meeting where we talked about voting on campus, enjoyed some delicious tacos, and tie dyed voting-related shirts to show how much we really love voting. 

UT Austin Civics Formal

TX Votes hosted the UT Austin Civics Formal in the Legislative Conference Center at the State Capitol to recognize VDRs who registered over 50 people to vote and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life “Leaders in Civic Pursuit” award winners, Student Engineering Council and Texas Hillel, for work by a student organization on the University of Texas at Austin campus in the name of civic engagement. 

Women in Politics Panel with TX Votes

Texas Orange Jackets and TX Votes co-hosted a panel of Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir, Council Member Kathie Tovo, Commissioner Brigid Shea, ACC Trustee Stephanie Gharakhanian, and State Representative Gina Hinojosa to discuss their roles in government to empower women and what it is like being a woman in government and politics.


2018 Election Cycle By the Numbers

  • 6,812 = # of People Registered by TX Votes Members

    • (Many TX Votes members register students as part of numerous student organizations.)

  • 264 = # of Classrooms Registered to Vote by TX Votes Members

  • 2 = # of Polling Locations on Campus

  • 500+ = # of Students at UT Austin Trained to Register Travis County Voters

  • 13,820 = # of People Registered to Vote by All UT Austin Trained VDRs

  • 26,943 = # of People who Voted at On-Campus Polling Locations

2018 Election Cycle - TX Votes in the News

2018 Election Cycle Events

Election Night Watch Party for All

Texas Rising and TX Votes co-hosted the nonpartisan Election Night Watch Party for All, with election bingo, a screening of election results, food, and more!


Jason Taper wins TX Votes' Pick Your Politician Contest

Jason Taper beat out over 100 other UT students in our version of Fantasy Football for Political Nerds. By selecting the candidates or results correctly that he expected to win the 2018 midterm election.


VoteFest Provided a Fun Space for All to Vote

A coalition of UT Austin organizations joined together for an all-day celebration of civic engagement at Vote Fest 2018 on November 1. There were free concerts from local Austin bands, The Alex Freeman Trio, Corey Baum, and Warren Hood. There was a photo booth, breakfast tacos, and the chance to sign-up to vote with members of the UT and Austin community.


TX Votes hosts the Texas Voting Summit

A two-day Texas Voting Summit was hosted on August 20th and 21st by TX Votes, in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Campus Vote Project, The Democracy Commitment, and Campus Compact. Students and faculty members from 35 Texas higher education institutions gathered at the Texas Capitol and the University of Texas at Austin in order to discuss and plan to improve voter registration and education on Texas school campuses.


TX Votes raises $4,590.01, surpassing $2,000 spring Hornraiser goal

TX Votes wants to thank everyone who donated to our spring Hornraiser. We raised $4,590.01due to your generosity. With the support of 56 different donors, TX Votes will be able to create a more civically engaged UT.


Students Celebrate Voting with Parade to the Polls for Primary Election

Led by Student Government, Graduate Student Assembly, Senate of College Councils, and TX Votes leaders, the Parade to the Polls was an opportunity for students to show off their love for voting and democracy with a parade and t-shirts provided by the Graduate Student Assembly.