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 7:30 p.m. with a special speaker(s) once a month. Those speakers have included local politicians, advocates, campaign professionals, and nonprofit leadership.

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.



News

TX Votes to host Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training & Meeting

TX Votes will host a VDR training and its first meeting of the semester on Thursday, January 18th. At 6:30, we will host a Volunteer Deputy Registrar Training for anyone who wants to be able to register voters in Travis County through Dec. 31, 2018. At 7:30, we will hold our regularly scheduled TX Votes meeting. We will be discussing everything leading up to the 2018 Primary Election and decorating custom clipboards for the first 30 people attending. New members are always welcome!

RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1955819021350555/.


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 


TX Votes Celebrates National Voter Registration Day

TX Votes celebrated National Voter Registration Day by first registering over 100 students to vote on campus. Later that night, students were invited to attend a political trivia night at The Pizza Press where they were they were challenged on their voter registration and government knowledge. Nine students won prizes, including: Marco Guajardo, Zachary Price, Sarah Herzer, Benji Martinez, Brooke Sjoberg, Carlos Chavez, Zoe Long, and Deanna Hausmann.


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

FID : 25677 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 raises $3,549, surpassing $2,000 spring Hornraiser goal

UT Votes wants to thank everyone who donated to our spring Hornraiser. We raised $3,549 due to your generosity. With the support of 56 different donors, UT Votes will be able to create a more civically engaged UT.


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.