The right to vote is protected by the Constitution and this right is fundamental to your participation in our nation’s democracy.
Casting a ballot is one way our entire campus community can live out the St. Edward’s mission “to confront the critical issues of society and to seek justice and peace.” We have included some simple step-by-step guides below to help you vote in this year’s election.
1. Confirm your vote registration.
Check your Texas voter registration. To vote, you must cast your ballot by mail or in person in the county where you are registered. You are eligible to vote in Texas if you are a U.S. citizen, are a resident of Texas and you will be 18 years old or older by Nov. 3, 2020.
If you are voting outside Texas, you can find information at vote.org.
2. Learn about voting, candidates and issues.
3. Plan when and where to vote.
Early voting in Texas runs October 13-30 and election day is November 3.
Central Texas polling locations, hours of operation, and wait times:
- Polling locations for early voting & election day
For polling locations in other counties, visit votetexas.gov. During early voting in Texas, you can vote in any polling place in the county where you are registered. On election day, you can vote at any polling place in these designated counties. If your county is not listed, you must vote at your assigned precinct.
Vote on the Hilltop
If you are registered to vote in Travis County, you may cast your ballot on campus at the UFCU Alumni Gym on election day, Nov, 3, from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. The university is working with the county to ensure the UFCU Alumni Gym public polling site is safe and socially distanced for students and other voters.
There is not a polling location on campus during early voting. The nearest early voting site to campus is the South Austin Recreation Center, 1.5 miles from Ragsdale at 1100 Cumberland Road.
What about mail in ballots?
In Texas, you must meet certain criteria and apply for a Ballot by Mail. Submit your application request by Oct. 19 so it is received by the county election office by Oct. 23. Completed ballots must be received by mail or in-person by your county clerk by the time polls close on Election Day, Nov. 3.
4. Prepare to vote
Bring an acceptable form of voter ID with you to the poll. Check wait times at polling locations and go when it is less crowded. Wear a face covering, stand 6 feet apart, and wash your hands.
Questions or Concerns?
You can call the Texas Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-252-VOTE or visit their official website.
We hope you take a few moments to ensure you are prepared to vote, so you can fully participate in the elections this fall!
If you have any questions or concerns about voter registration, you can call the Texas Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-252-VOTE or visit their official website.
Places for Dialogue
St. Edward’s University has several events planned for students to help process the 2020 election.
Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 5 p.m. | Zoom RSVP
University faculty and leaders to examine the impact of the election on nation, state, local and Hilltop communities.
Mental Health in a Tense Climate
Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 3 p.m. | Zoom
Thursday, Nov. 12 | 4 p.m. | Zoom
Learn coping skills for emotion regulation, stress-management, and communication skills for challenging conversations. This is a drop-in workshop.
Interfaith Prayer Service
Wednesday, Nov.4 | 7 p.m. | Zoom | RSVP appreciated
Join in an interfaith prayer service open to all perspectives.
Ask a Therapist
Friday Nov. 6, 13, & 20 | 3:30 p.m. | Zoom
Tuesday Nov. 10 | 3 p.m. | Zoom
Consult with the mental health professionals about various struggles they are having and receive helpful information, resources, and learn proven coping skills. This is a drop-in workshop.
So Now What: Post Election Self-Care Day
Tuesday, Nov. 10 | 6 p.m. | Zoom RSVP
The Equity & Justice Council is hosting a self-care event, meant to provide space to unwind from post-election vibes and the turmoil students have felt within the last 8 months.
Campus Resources & Support Offices
- Health and Counseling Center, Lady Bird Johnson Hall, Suite 100, 512.448.8686 or 512.448.8538
- Campus Ministry, Brother Stephen Walsh, CSC '62 Campus Ministry Building by Chapel, 512.448.8499
- Dean of Students Office, Main Building 108, 512.448.8408
- Student Involvement, Ragsdale 304, 512.448.8422
- Residence Life, Apartments CB1, 512.448.8419, RA on Call: 512.342.4100
You may or may not be called upon to meet the needs of your fellow students surrounding the results of the election. You are not expected to have the answers or provide solutions to people who look to you for guidance. For some, it is helpful to process their reactions, and others may want/need to process on their own. We encourage you to empower individuals to process in the way(s) that are best for them.
Here are some suggestions:
- Consider your own needs
- Speak to mentors/supportive staff
- Seek places for processing and dialogue
- Know your limits
- Give yourself permission to excuse yourself from conversations and situations
Responses and Support for Individuals
We often seek counsel and comfort from those closest to us. This is an important part of the healing process. A large part of being in community with others is helping to provide a space for the individual to be heard.
Here are some helpful hints to create that space:
- Ask questions about their experience
- Acknowledge their experience with phrases such as “I hear you saying...”, “It sounds like you feel...”
- Keep your own bias in check (as best as you can)
- Be careful not to minimize their feelings when trying to provide comfort — “it'll be ok” can sound more patronizing than comforting
- Ask what the person thinks they need to help themselves (e.g. a listening ear; comfort food and a nap) and what they need from you (e.g. a listening ear; someone to give them advice)
- Share additional support resources listed above if it appears as though the individual needs more intensive support
Engaging with the Other Side
In accordance with our Holy Cross tradition, we seek to be a community that fosters a family spirit that binds our minds and heart in joys and sorrows, so that people will observe “see how they love another” (Constitutions of the Congregation of Holy Cross).
The election cycle has illustrated a clear divide in our country with differing visions about our future path. In a representative government, each person has the right to follow their conscience in exercising their right to vote. The issues are complex and complicated, but above all we are called to maintain the dignity of each person in our discussion and discourse.
Looking to the Future
The next few months will be critical for our country and our university. We will continue to monitor, teach and provide opportunities for dialogue about these issues. Holding our representatives accountable does not end on election night. We still have work to do!