Voting & Elections Toolkit

  • Resources to guide you through the voting and election processes and to help you encourage others to vote in support of public education

    Primary Election Voter Registration Flier
    This TASA-produced flier includes important dates for the 2018 Primary Elections, including the registration deadline. Download and share the PDF.

    Primary Election Voting Dates Flier
    This TASA-produced flier includes important dates related to the 2018 Primary Elections, including early voting dates. Download and share the PDF.

    General Election Voting Dates Flier (English)
    This TASA-produced flier includes important dates related to the 2018 General Election, including registration deadline and early voting dates. Download and share the PDF.

    General Election Voting Dates Flier (Spanish)
    Este folleto producido por TASA incluye fechas importantes relacionadas con la Elección General de 2018, incluido el plazo de inscripción y las fechas de votación anticipada. Descarga y comparte el PDF.

    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. Secretary of State Rolando Pablos wrote this editorial in 2017 about the requirement. Many superintendents signed a pledge to commit to participating in the Secretary of State’s High School Voter Registration Initiative. See the list.

    Project V.O.T.E.
    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.

    Voting 101
    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 pamphlet.

    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.

    2018 School Board Election Law Calendar
    Includes important dates related to the Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 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). Download the calendar.

Action Items in Preparation for the Election

    • Become familiar with what is legal for administrators to do in relation to elections.
    • 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.

Who’s on the General Election Ballot?

  • Texas will hold its general election for 2018 on November 6. The Texas Tribune has compiled a list of the Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians who will be on the ballot in statewide, congressional, and legislative offices and the State Board of Education. (In a handful of races, an independent candidate also garnered the necessary signatures to earn a spot on the ballot.) Early voting for the November 6 general election runs October 22 to November 2. See the list.