Resources to guide you through the voting and election processes and to help you encourage others to vote in support of public education
2021 School Board Election Law Calendar
Includes important dates related to the Tuesday, November 2, 2021, school board trustee election. If you have any questions regarding election procedures, contact the Elections Division Office of the Secretary of State, 800.252.VOTE (8683). See the calendar.
Voter Registration 101
Am I registered to vote? Where can I get a voter registration application? Find answers to these basic questions. This Secretary of State webpage provides this information and more.
School Principals Must Serve as Deputy Voter Registrars
State law requires all high school principals to serve as deputy voter registrars, a duty that requires distribution of voter application forms to students who are or will be 18 years old during the school year. Download a high school voter registration card order form.
How Can You Comply with Law to Help Students Register to Vote During a Pandemic?
High schools are legally required to offer students who will be 18 by Election Day the opportunity to register to vote. One easy method is to send out the following message to those students: “Our records show that you are 18 years of age or will be 18 by Election Day. In Texas, you may register to vote at 17 years, 10 months! If you have a printer, fill out and mail in an application found at votetexas.gov. No printer? No problem! You may fill out a voter registration application at register2vote.org and have it mailed to you.”
Voting Resources from Raise Your Hand Texas
Visit this Raise Your Hand Texas’ webpage to make your voting plan and learn more about the candidates.
Project V.O.T.E. (Voters of Tomorrow through Education) is a program designed by the Secretary of State to help students become knowledgeable, responsible voters. The website is geared toward students and provides information on how to register to vote, student workers on Election Day, and the VoteTexas.gov website.
Be a Texas Voter
The League of Women Voters of Texas in partnership with Dallas County Community Colleges has developed a voter education series to help young people better understand their role as citizens in our state. The six modules are prepared in compliance with the TEKS social studies requirements and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Texas Core Curriculum. The materials are designed to teach high school, dual credit, and college level students about the importance of voting and to provide tools for becoming informed voters. Each module has appropriate activities to engage students and reinforce learning. Learn more.
What kind of identification do I need when I go to vote in person? This Secretary of State webpage provides this information and more.
List of Voting-Related Do’s and Don’ts for Educators
TREA: Care Enough to Vote – A Practical Guide to Simplify and Engage Educators in Civic Responsibility of Voting provides simple explanations of what educators can and can’t legally do regarding elections.
Using School District Resources for Political Advertising in Connection with an Election
The Texas Ethics Commission provides guidance on the use of school district resources related to elections and political advertising in this short guide.
Latest Voting Updates from Texas Educators Vote
This Texas Educators Vote webpage provides important dates, deadlines, and other election information related to improving educators’ participation in voting.
Election Action Items
- Become familiar with the legal dos and don’ts in relation to elections (scroll to bottom).
- Share Texas Educators Vote website and Teach the Vote website with employees.
- Discuss with employees the need to vote. Administrators may not endorse specific candidates.
- Recruit non-school personnel community members to engage in voter turnout efforts.
- Inform community members of important issues facing public education.
- Recommend that community members conduct research on where candidates stand on key issues, and review incumbent voting records.