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Voting and Civic Engagement

Learn how to become active in your nation, your state, your local community, and at UNT!

Introduction to Civic Engagement

As a United States citizen, it is your right and civic duty to vote, contact your representatives, and contact other government officials to express your informed opinion on current and potential legislation, national issues, local needs, etc. Use this guide to identify and contact federal, state, local officals.


City of Denton Runoff Election --  Denton City Council at-large Place 6, mayor and District 2!!

Early Voting for the City of Denton runoff election available at these locations:
Denton Civic Center, Denton County Elections Administration, North Branch Library, Robson Ranch Clubhouse, South Branch Library and University of North Texas Gateway Center.

Early Voting Days and Times

Monday - Wednesday                                        November 23-25                  8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday                                        November 28                  8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday - Wednesday                                        November 30 - December 2                  8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday - Friday                                        December 3 - December 4                   7:00am - 7:00pm


ELECTION DAY = Tuesday, Dec 8 
Polls open 7a-7p. Access polling locations by precinct here 


Why Voting and Civic Engagement is Important in the U.S.

Per, Vote (noun) is defined as

  1. a formal expression of opinion or choice, either positive or negative, made by an individual or body of individuals.
  2. the means by which such expression is made, as a ballot, ticket, etc.
  3. the right to such expression:

In other words, voting is your right to express your opinion on a candidate or an issue. Informed voters play an active role in governance on the federal, state, and local levels.

There is no such thing as not voting. Not showing up to vote has consequences too. Here's how America voted, and didn't, in the 2016 Presidential election, courtesy of The Washington Post. Don't let others decide for you; show up, VOTE, and be a decider.

pie chart showing voter participation in the 2016 presidential election

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