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What do we do?

TX Votes is a family of political nerds who love voting and pizza. This means we register thousands of students to vote and eat about a thousand slices of pizza in the process. As one of the leading nonpartisan voter engagement organizations on campus, we registered over 7,000 UT students to vote by visiting more than 350 classrooms, tabling, and hosting events like the Last Night to Register Celebration during the 2019-20 school year.

 

TX Votes is made up of students majoring in a wide array of degrees, like Biology, English, Computer Science, Government, and Political Communications. We are nonpartisan, so we will never tell you who or what to vote for, just that you should vote!

LEADERSHIP

President

Janae Steggall

Vice President

Sarah Batson

Chief VDR

Zoe Nanson

CEA Chair

Mahi Perla

Program Coordinator

Cole Wilson

Program Coordinator

Krista Gehlhausen

Vice CEA Chair

Byron Xu

Deputy VDR

Emma Hoffman

Secretary

Luke Sumpter

Communications

Lucas Barr

Communications

Aaron Lurin

COMMITTEES

Research

Committee Chairs: Riley McKinzie

Junior Chair: Ansh Samdaria

 

The Research Committee is working to develop research that answers questions of what influences students to vote and what barriers stand in the way of student voters.

Events

Committee Chair: Husain Dhoon

Junior Chair: Pavitra Kotecha

 

The Events Committee is in charge of planning events for TX Votes, including events like the Last Night to Register to Vote Celebration, Election Night Watch Parties, Vote Early Day, socials for TX Votes members, and diverse and informative panels.

STEM

Committee Chair: Nitya Kopparapu

Junior Chair: Ezequiel Lozano

 

The STEM Committee is committed to encouraging UT Austin STEM students, who have historically voted at lower rates than the rest of campus, to turn out to vote through voter registration activities and educational activities related to the intersection of political participation and STEM.

Digital

Committee Chair: Anjitha Nair

Junior Chair: Asha Ayyar

 

The Digital Committee works to reach students in a digital manner to ensure they know about elections and have access to important election information. They have worked on the Election Care Packages, designed and developed a new website for TX Votes, created an educational civics newsletter, and curated a multilingual voting video library.

Nonpartisanship

Committee Chair: Zoe Alvarez

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The Nonpartisanship Committee is in charge of acting as a guiding council when issues of partisanship arise in the organization and when to help guide students when they aren't sure how to answer questions about partisanship.

Fundraising

Committee Chairs: Bella Constantini and Hannah Bradford

 

The Fundraising Committee is in charge of raising money for TX Votes through off and on-campus grants, Hornraiser, 40 for Forty, and t-shirt sales.

Awards

2019 Outstanding Student Organization Tower Award Recipient

2018 Voter Friendly Campus Designation

2017 Outstanding Student Organization Tower Award Recipient

2016 Voter Friendly Campus Designation

2016 ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge Bronze Seal Award