Voting Rights

OCTOBER 5TH, 2020 IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN THE STATE OF TEXAS FOR THE NOVEMBER 3, 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.

The Student Government Office of the Attorney General is offering an easy and convenient way to register to vote in McLennan County. At least one member of the Attorney General’s Office is deputized to register potential voters on the spot. This eliminates the need to obtain or print out an application and mail it in to the local elections office. Please contact Zach Tufenkjian at Zach_Tufenkjian1@baylor.edu to schedule a brief voter registration appointment.

Voter registration forms are available on the Baylor Student Government’s front desk in the basement of the Student Union Building (SUB) on campus. Students can also obtain applications at VoteTexas.gov, the Baylor Office of Governmental Relations (Pat Neff 306), or the McLennan County Elections Administration office (214 N 4th Street, Suite 300, Waco, TX 76701).

Students may also visit the Texas Secretary of State’s Voting Website to find out more information on how to vote in McLennan County or the State of Texas. Potential voters must meet the following eligibility requirements:
• You are a United States citizen;
• You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
• You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
• You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
• You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Students may use their One Bear Place mailbox to register to vote in McLennan County.

For sample ballots, early voting / election day voting center locations, and other local voting information for McLennan County, please visit the McLennan County Department of Elections’ website.

Voting by Mail / Absentee is strongly encouraged for students who qualify. Please apply to vote by mail as soon as possible in lieu of delays affecting the United States Postal Service. More information on mail-in voting can be found here.

When voting, students should be aware of their rights in Texas and elsewhere. Protections exist to ensure that every vote is counted fully and fairly in an election. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas provides valuable resources to ensure that your rights are respected:

Know Your Rights: Voting Rights - TEXAS

If you are not voting in Texas, please refer to the ACLU’s page on voting rights at the national level:

Know Your Rights: Voting Rights - NATIONWIDE

The State of Texas requires voter ID when going to vote. Please refer to the Texas Secretary of State or ACLU of Texas’ pages to find what types of identification are required.

The Baylor Office of Governmental Relations provides additional resources here.