TX Votes

TX Votes is a student organization that organizes voter registration and voter education activities to increase campus civic engagement and electoral awareness.


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.

TX Votes meets every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. with a special speaker(s) once a month. Those speakers have included local politicians, advocates, campaign professionals, and nonprofit leadership. To RSVP to our first meeting on Thursday, Aug. 30, click here.

Click here to join TX Votes today

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.


2018 Midterm Election Info

Don't miss your chance to vote in the midterm election! You will be voting for for positions like governor, senator, and state representative. Here are something things you should know about this election! 

  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The last day to register to vote for this election is Tuesday, October 9.
  • Early voting is October 22-November 2.
  • You can find your own custom ballot at votetravis.com
  • The League of Women Voters offers a nonpartisan voting guide at https://lwvaustin.org/voter-guide/
  • You can vote anywhere in Travis County, but the FAC & PCL will probably be your closest polling locations.

News

Election Night Watch Party for All

Join Texas Rising and TX Votes as they co-host the nonpartisan Election Night Watch Party for All. There will be election bingo, a screening of election results, food, and more!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2215934215353788/.


TX Votes hosts Pick Your Politician Contest

Play here: bit.ly/pickyourpolitician

Fantasy Football for Political Nerds

Select the candidate or result you expect to win the 2018 midterm election (not necessarily who you hope will win). The individual with the most correct answers will win an Amazon Echo Dot! If you do not select an answer, even if there is only one option, you will not get the credit for the answer. You must be a UT student, staff, faculty, or administrator to participate.

Find more information about each of the candidates at vote411.org.


VoteFest Aims to Provide a Fun Space for All to Vote

Your vote matters! Join a coalition of UT Austin organizations for an all-day celebration of civic engagement at Vote Fest 2018 on November 1 from 9am-7:30pm. Enjoy a free concert from local Austin bands and make your plan to vote. We’ll have a photo booth, breakfast tacos, and the chance to sign-up to vote with members of the UT and Austin community.

Bands:
11:30 - 12:30 The Alex Freeman Trio
12:30 - 1:30 Corey Baum
5 - 7 pm Warren Hood


TX Votes hosts the Texas Voting Summit

A two-day Texas Voting Summit wil be 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. Invited students and faculty members from 37 Texas higher education institutions will gather 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

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.


PhD Student, Aaron Conrado wins TX Votes Pick Your Politician Contest

Congratulatiosn to Aaron Conrado for winning the TX Votes Pick Your Politician Contest. Aaron successfully guessed the most correct picks for the primary election! Stay tuned for our Fall 2018 Midterm Election Pick Your Politician Contest.


NSLVE Report Finds that UT Voter Turnout Improved by 15% for 2016 Election

We are excited to announce that due to the efforts of students, staff, and faculty around campus, election turnout improved by nearly 15% from the 2012 election to the 2016 election. We are proud of each and every person and group that registered voters and encouraged them to turnout to vote. To learn more, check out our 2016 NSLVE Report here: https://issuu.com/utvotes/docs/2012_and_2016_nslve_report-the_univ 


UT Votes rebrands as TX Votes

We are excited to announce our next big step in civic engagement: UT Votes is now TX Votes! Accompanying the change of name is a renewed focus on political participation, especially among those who most rarely participate, and community volunteer work. We will continue to lead campus efforts on voter registration and nonpartisan political information.


UT Votes recognized as 2017 Outstanding Student Organization Tower Award Recipient

UT Votes was recognized by the Longhorn Center for Community Engaged during the Tower Awards. The organization join five others as recipients of the 2017 Outstanding Student Organization Award. UT Votes was recognized in large part for their work in registering students during the 2016 election and creating the Civic Engagement Alliance.


UT Votes leads Longhorns to voting designation 

UT Votes led the way as the University of Texas at Austin was honored with the "Voter Friendly Designation" in March. In order to receive this designation, UT Votes created a campus plan, worked across the campus, and enacted the plan.


2012 & 2014 voting statistics for UT show lower than average voter turnout rate

The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement is housed at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University.

The University of Texas at Austin Campus Report shows voting rates of 42 percent in 2012 and 18 percent in 2014. Yet, students were registered at rates of 70.2 percent in 2012 and 67.3 percent in 2014. UT Votes is using this report to guide outreach efforts on campus.