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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.

IMPORTANT BALLOT AND VOTING INFORMATION

2020 Election Dates to Remember!!

  • October 5, 2020 - was last day to register to vote in the November 3 election
  • October 23, 2020  - last day to request Absentee Ballot by Mail
  • October 13-30, 2020 - Early in-person voting (**UNT is hosting an early voting location at the Gateway Center, rooms 43/47)
  • November 3, 2020 - Election Day!!

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

Per Dictionary.com, 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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