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As the November elections near, Texas Southern University wants students and our community to be informed and have access to resources needed for a successful voting experience.

Early Voting Begins October 13th
Texas Southern University will serve as an Early Voting polling location in its financial aid building located in the West garage at 4559 Ennis Street Houston, TX 77004. Click here for map.

Voting Dates

  • In Texas, you must be registered to vote by Oct. 5 (30 days prior to the election).
    Check to see if you are registered to vote at  https://www.vote411.org
  • You can vote early from Oct. 13-30.
  • The last day to accept ballot by mail applications (not postmarked, but in elections, office is Friday, October 23, 2020). 
  • November 3, 2020 is the Uniform Election date.
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Who Can Vote

To register in Texas you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of the county in which the application for registration is made
  • be at least 17 years and 10 months old (you must be 18 to vote)
  • not be finally convicted of a felony, or if a convicted felon, you must have fully discharged your
  • punishment, including any incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation or be pardoned
  • have not been declared mentally incompetent by final judgment of a court of law
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here.
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Voting By Mail

To be eligible to vote by mail, you must be 65 years or older, have a disability or an illness, be confined in jail, or out of the county in which you’re registered on Election Day and during the entire early voting period. You’ll need to deliver a completed application for ballot by mail to your  county elections office. They can be dropped off in person before the start of early voting on Oct. 13, or local election officials must receive mailed applications by Oct. 23. You can  print out an application, request one from the Secretary of State’s office or contact your local elections office.

Voting in Person

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Lyft, HBCU Heroes, and the Social Change Fund to make sure you’re prepared. Take a Lyft ride to the polls with [HBCUVOTE2020]*. Through our partnership with Lyft, HBCU Heroes, and Social Change Fund, we’re offering $10 off your ride to the polls on Election Day. There’s a limited quantity available and they’re first-come, first-serve so don't delay. Enter the code in the “Promos” section of the Lyft app to claim yours now.

Key Election Dates

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Date/News Title

October 5, 2020

Voter Registration deadline

October 13, 2020

Early Voting Begins
October 23, 2020 Absentee ballot deadlines

October 30, 2020

Early Voting Ends

November 3, 2020

Election Day
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Texas Southern University Voting Events

HBCU Voter Drive

Texas Southern University is a participant in the HBCU Heroes Adopt-An-HBCU Good trouble Voter Drive. Spearheaded by celebrities including TSU alumni Michael Strahan, the launch of the Adopt-An-HBCU Good Trouble Voter Drive celebrates the inaugural National Black Voter Registration Day held on September 18th. The six-week social media campaign features a line-up of celebrity Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) alumni and supporters educating HBCU students about their voting right.

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Student Services and Enrollment Management

The Division of Student Services and Enrollment Management is hosting events that support student’s involvement in register to vote and getting the polls to vote.

  • Voter Registration – September 28, 2020 – October 2, 2020 11 a.m – 2 p.m.
  • Voter awareness virtual discussion Tuesday, September 29, 2020. 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Zoom)
    Please contact Justin Lee for the zoom information ( justin.lee@tsu.edu) Zoom Meeting Link
  • Drive-Thru Voter Registration Event - Sat. Oct. 3, 2020 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.
    Location:3347 Blodgett St. Houston, TX 77004 Learn More .
  • Early Voting giveaway - Monday, October 12, 2020.
  • Frist Day of Voting (March to the Polls) - Tuesday, October 13, 2020.
  • Get out to Vote Virtual Rally - Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  • Let’s Vote Tigers Virtual Voter Party with Live DJ & Updates - November 3, 2020 (Giveaway)

BJMLSPA Pre-Election ForumOctober 28, 2020 6:30 p.m.
The Barbara Jordan - Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs' Office of Student Support Services to host a Pre-Election Forum with featured guests Dr. Carla D. Brailey and Dr. Richard Johnson. The guests will discuss the implications of the 2020 election and the issues that concern the community, including: healthcare, school reform, criminal justice reform, the recent supreme court justice nomination, and policy issues that affect Black America.

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KTSU 90.9 FM

From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020, The Vibe, along with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Houston and the Houston Area Urban League (HAUL) Young Professionals, hosted The Movement Continues Drive-Thru Voter Registration and 2020 Census Drive on TSU’s campus. Committed to pushing voter registration, the merger between KTSUs new Urban Alternative Station and the community partners was seamless. Each entity bringing its own brand of civic engagement, but collectively, focusing on pushing the underserved and underinformed towards the polls.

Other Events

Oct 6, 2020: Webinar: Who Else Is on the Ballot?
School Boards, County Commissioners, and Judges - how do these offices impact you and your neighbors? This webinar will discuss the responsibilities of down-ballot offices and how these elected officials impact the communities they serve. This webinar is free and open to the public. Register Here.

Oct. 16, 2020: Gavel Series Webinar:"Your Vote; Your Right" Register Here

Voting and Election Resources

Voter Registration
Are Your Registered? Check Your Registration Status
Link: https://www.usa.gov/confirm-voter-registration 

I’m Ready to Register to vote!
It takes less than 2 minutes! Link: https://vote.gov 

Where to Vote | Polling Place Locator
Texas Southern University will serve as a polling location for the 2020 Election.

Find a polling location near you. View the list of state polling locations.
Link: Texas |  All States

Common Voting and Election Terms
Link: https://www.usa.gov/voting-and-election-definitions 

Find My State or Local Elections
Link: https://www.usa.gov/election-office 

How, Where and When to Vote
Link: https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote 

Voting and Election Laws and History
Link: https://www.usa.gov/voting-laws-history 

Texas Secretary of State:
Link: https://www.sos.state.tx.us 

Harris County Clerk
Link: https://www.cclerk.hctx.net 

Fort Bend Election Administrator

The League of Women Voters Guide
Link: https://my.lwv.org/texas/voters-guide 

Houston Black Democrats
Link:  https://houstonblackdems.org/ 

ROADwomen
Link:  https://www.roadwomen.com/