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.

Download the nonpartisan Voters Guide from the League of Women Voters Austin Area. Review your personalized ballot and receive self-reported information from candidates and issues explanations.

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:

Travis County
Williamson County
Hays County

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.

Additional Resources

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

Post-Election Discussion 

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.