Promote Civic Engagement with UT VOTES
What are UT Votes and the Civic Engagement Alliance?
UT Votes is a student organization at the University of Texas at Austin that invites students campus-wide to increase electoral participation and create more voters and better citizens. Each election cycle, UT Votes, in partnership with the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, organizes and coordinates Get Out the Vote activities including registration booths, deputization sessions, and campus competitions. During off election years, UT Votes educates the UT community and engages in respectful and civil discourse on important issues.
The Civic Engagement Alliance is a non-partisan coalition of student organizations, which UT Votes brought together to increase civic engagement on campus.
NSLVE data shows that UT students in the STEM fields are the least likely to vote, with voter turnout in the following fields: 30.7% Engineering, 30.5% Mathematics, 31.1% Physical Science, and 34.2% Biology. We would like to continue building on a program that would specifically work with students in the STEM fields to encourage more civic engagement.
Why Should You Support This Project?
Civic engagement in the state of Texas is abysmal. Texas constantly ranks as one of the lowest states for voter turnout. Research shows that individuals need to start voting at a young age if they are to create a habit of voting. Students at the University of Texas represent communities across the state that will benefit from increased voter turnout in the future. In addition, many voters lack the information they need to vote and do not know who or what to turn to in order to get that information. We want to be considered a trusted source that will provide nonpartisan information that especially relates to UT students. Lastly, the students who participate in UT Votes walk away with skills, experiences, and connections that will help them in their future. We want to be able to provide this opportunity to all students who are interested in joining UT Votes.
What Will You Be Funding as a Donor?
UT Votes hopes to invite more speakers to campus. This project will allow us to bring in different members of government - both elected and appointed - to speak with members of the UT community. We hope this, in addition to more civic discourse and government training for UT Votes members, will allow UT students to be more engaged both on campus and in their communities. We will also need to support our rebranding efforts, so items like educational publications, banners, flyers, and promotional materials will be necessary. This project will also support UT Votes and Civic Engagement Alliance meetings.
We are Growing and Evolving
UT Votes membership has grown exponentially over the past two years. In 2016, members of UT Votes and the Civic Engagement Alliance registered over 17 thousand people on campus to vote. In order to accommodate growth and capitalize on the ideas of
UT students, we are rebranding the organization to ensure that both political participation and political education are central to the identity of the University of Texas. The money you donate will be central to UT Votes continuing this high-level student engagement.
Thank you! Without your help, none of our success could be possible!