Still time: Vote through Friday, Nov. 2 at UTSA early-voting site

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On the last day of early voting, UTSA community members line up to vote at the UTSA early-voting site at the University Center Bexar Room on the Main Campus.

 

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(Nov. 1, 2012) -- You still have time to early-vote. Anyone who is a registered Bexar County voter can vote at UTSA and other early-voting sites through Friday, Nov. 2. For those who do not early-vote, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6; on Election Day voters must go to the precinct in which they are registered to vote.

>> Early-vote at UTSA from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 1-2 in the University Center Bexar Room (1.101) on the Main Campus.

"Having early voting on campus is not only a great benefit to all of our students, faculty and the surrounding community, but also serves as a reminder of the significance voting plays in all of our lives," said Austin Hagee, legislative affairs representative with the UTSA Student Government Association. "Voting on campus gives students the opportunity to use their voice in the electoral process in a convenient and relevant location."

"For the College of Public Policy, our experience in the 2012 general election cycle provides us with a solid foundation for moving forward as lead partners for the SA2020 Government Accountability/Civic Engagement element," said Patricia Jaramillo, lecturer in the UTSA Department of Public Administration. "Through the motivation of students, commitment of faculty and staff, and dedication of groups such as Southwest Voter Registration Education Project, we've seen how community engagement can have such a strong impact."

"The Southwest Voter Registration Education Project is delighted with its partnership with UTSA. By working with faculty, staff and students, we were able to register 7,123 at the UTSA campuses," said Lydia Camarillo, SVREP vice president. "This number represents 23 percent of the student body, and now our goal is to make sure these UTSA voters and others will take the opportunity to vote early at the UTSA voting site. The UTSA partnership is a model we want to duplicate with other institutions of higher learning across Texas and nationally."

UTSA student organizations, the College of Public Policy, and faculty and staff have been active for the past year in registering voters through SA2020 Government Accountability/Civic Engagement initiatives and SVRFEP. This fall, more than 100 UTSA students, faculty and staff attended 30-minute training sessions at the Bexar County Voter Registration Department and were sworn in as volunteer deputy registrars, who then promoted voter registration on the UTSA campuses and across Bexar County.

UTSA student groups that participated in voter registration events on campus included the Student Government Association, College Republicans, Young Democrats, Black Student Union, Alpha Kappa Alpha, GLBTQ, Students United for Socioeconomic justice, Young Americans for Liberty and M.O.V.E.

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Identification at voting sites

Voters must bring to the voting site a voter registration certificate or other form of identification. According to the Texas Secretary of State website, acceptable other forms of identification include:

  • Driver's license or personal identification card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (or similar document issued by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired);
  • Form of identification that contains photograph and establishes voter's identity;
  • Birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person's identity;
  • U.S. citizenship papers;
  • U.S. passport;
  • Official mail addressed to voter by governmental entity; or
  • Copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows voter's name and address.