(May 6, 2013) -- Members of the community still have time to vote early for the city council and mayoral elections. Anyone who is a registered Bexar County voter can vote at UTSA and other early-voting sites through Tuesday, May 7. Election Day is Saturday, May 11.
>> Voter early at the H-E-B University Center Bexar Room (1.102) on the UTSA Main Campus from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, May 6-7. Visit the Bexar County Elections Department website to download a complete list and map of early voting sites, frequently asked questions about voting and sample ballots.
"Voting on campus is an example of how our students, faculty and staff encourage community engagement," said Elvira Jacquez, UTSA assistant director for external affairs. "We invite the UTSA community as well as our neighboring communities to come vote on our campus. We want guests to have an easy voting experience, and we also want them to see how UTSA has grown as a community."
The UTSA College of Public Policy, several student organizations, and UTSA faculty and staff have been active for the last year in registering voters.
"Providing a convenient early-voting site for our UTSA community as well as nearby residents fits perfectly with the College of Public Policy's role as lead partner in the SA 2020 government accountability and civic engagement element," said Francine Romero, associate dean in the UTSA College of Public Policy. "One of our targeted indicators is voter turnout in municipal elections, and early voting is one of the strategies for improving this outcome."
Last 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. They subsequently 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.
"Having students vote in these elections has a huge impact not only on the university, but on our community," said Zack Dunn, president of the UTSA Student Government Association. "When students get engaged in civic affairs and look to voice their respective opinions, it allows them to be a part of something greater than themselves."
Identification at voting sites
Voters must bring a voter registration certificate or other form of identification to the voting site. According to the Texas Secretary of State website, acceptable alternative forms of identification include:
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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