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UTSA hosts early-voting site in Main Building

By Omar Hernandez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 14, 2008)--Registered voters in Bexar County can early-vote at UTSA. Early voting for the 2008 presidential election will run Oct. 20-31 at the Main Building ground floor lobby on the 1604 Campus.

A UTSA student organization will kick off the early-voting process by leading hundreds of students to the polls.

Members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity have organized "Walk for Change" to increase voting among minority students. With the help of the Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, the organization are asking students to meet at the Roadrunner Café on Oct. 20. Together, the group will walk across campus and cast their votes.

"We're bringing everyone together especially among minority students," said Christian Menefee, president of Omega Psi Phi. "But, it's open to all students, because students in general are the minority during the voting process."

Over the years, the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA) has consistently pushed for a UTSA voting site because of student requests. SGA leaders say that an on-campus, early-voting site encourages students to vote and get involved in the political process.

While students organize voting for themselves, UTSA officials also encourage faculty, staff and others in the surrounding area to take advantage of the convenient location.

UTSA is working closely with Valero, Nu Star and Security Services Federal Credit Union officials to ensure they are well informed about the easy access to the UTSA early voting site.

"The benefit of voting early is that anyone who is registered to vote in Bexar County can vote at UTSA," said Albert Carrisalez, UTSA director of external affairs. "If you vote on Election Day, you are required to vote at your precinct, so early voting can be much more convenient."

When it is not possible for an employee to vote before or after working hours, supervisors may grant employees a reasonable period of time off for voting during business hours. Employees must be registered voters to qualify for the time off.

Time off for voting must be requested in advance and approved by the supervisor. No reduction in vacation allowance or salary will be made for the time taken to vote, as long as supervisory approval is obtained.

To participate in the "Walk for Change," contact Christian Menefee at (210) 279-3507 or go to the Roadrunner Café at 7:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

>> Download a list of Bexar County early-voting sites with voting times and dates (PDF format).

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