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Early voting: Oct. 13-30

Campus location and dates

Any Harris County registered voter may vote in person at any early voting location during designated times. Rice University's early voting location is Rice Stadium on Oct. 13-22, 25-30 (and also on Election Day, Nov. 3) and Reckling Park on Oct. 23-24.

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Bicycles: Voters will be allowed to bring their bikes into the polling location to keep them safe and secure.
Shuttles: The Inner Loop Rice shuttles will be extended to have a stop very close to the polling location from 7 am - 7 pm on the weekdays of early voting and on Election Day.
Parking: To vote at *Rice Stadium, enter gates 10 or 11 at 2200 University Blvd. To vote at *Reckling Park on Oct 23-24, enter gate 8 at 2050 University Blvd. to park.

Drive-thru and 24-hour locations near Rice


Last day to apply for a TX ballot by mail: Applications must be received (not postmarked) by Oct. 23

You may be eligible to vote by mail in Harris County if you are registered to vote and meet one of the following criteria:

You may request an absentee ballot using TurboVote. You may also print, sign, and mail the application form from the Harris County or Texas Secretary of State websites.

Election Day: Nov. 3

Harris County registered voters can vote at any Election Day polling location from 7 am-7 pm.

For those on campus, the closest Election Day voting location is *Rice Stadium, 2200 University Blvd.

Rice Stadium voting location map


Bicycles: Voters will be allowed to bring their bikes into the polling location to keep them safe and secure.
Shuttles: The Inner Loop Rice shuttles will be extended to have a stop very close to the polling location from 7 am - 7 pm on Election Day.
Parking: To vote at Rice Stadium, enter gates 10 or 11 at 2200 University Blvd.

Drive-thru locations near Rice

The closest drive-thru voting location during Early Voting and on Election Day is *HCC South Loop Auditorium, 5601 West Loop South, 77081.

For more Houston-area information, visit harrisvotes.com. If you are registered in another county in TX, find your county election website on this list.

General Voting Information

Campus Exhibits

These campus exhibits are a great way to creatively engage with the ideas of democracy, the Constitution, and voting rights in the United States.  

  • Constitutional Voting Rights | Fondren Library | Kelley Center | Fondren Library, basement level

Exhibit A: U.S. Constitution Amendments on Voting Rights
Exhibit B: How Does a Bill Become a Law
Visit the exhibits and see if you can figure out how the amendments affected voting rights through history. Learn how the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits radical discrimination in voting, was signed into law.

Voter Registration

Get registered to vote! The TX deadline is October 5, 2020.

Register to vote and learn everything you need to be a voter this year! Rice Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars (VDVRs) will be outside the Fondren academic quad entrance (weather permitting) with voter registration forms, information, and more. Come by if you need to register to vote or have any questions!

Fall 2020 Voter Registration Drives

Are you registered to vote at your current address?

The TX registration deadline is October 5, 2020. Rice volunteers will be outside Fondren, academic quad side, to register you to vote or answer questions.

  • If you would like to register in Harris County (Houston), be sure to have your Texas Drivers License number, Texas Identification number, OR the last four digits of your social security number ready to fill out your application.
  • These are physically distanced events with a limit of four people (including volunteers) at the event tables. In general, volunteers will follow Rice University and National Voter Registration Day guidelines for fall 2020 in-person events.

Last week before the deadline

  • Sep 28, 2-4 pm
  • Sep 29, 1-4 pm
  • Sep 30, 1-4 pm
  • Oct 1, 1-4 pm
  • Oct 2, 10 am-4 pm
  • Oct 5, 1-4 pm

Are you a Harris County certified VDVR (Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar) (must be current Rice faculty/staff/student with active Rice ID) interested in volunteering?:
VDVR volunteer signupEmail Fondren VDVRs | Fondren Voting Event Guide - volunteers, please read the guide before arrival

Past Events

National Voter Registration Day

Voter registration drive flyer, Sep 21-22, 10 am-6 pm

  • Sep 21, 10 am-6 pm
  • Sep 22 rescheduled due to TD Beta

Facebook event | VDVR volunteer signup

Location

  • Inside Fondren Library, first floor (due to TS Beta)

Celebrating U.S. Constitution Day

Get Registered to Vote!
Voter Registration Table
Time: September 17, 2-4pm
Location: Outside of Fondren Library entrance doors, the quad side
Harris County certified voter registrars will be available to assist you. Free Harris County mail-in forms will be available too. Grab and go. No postage is needed. First come, first serve.
Organized by Kelley Center for Government Information, Data, and Geospatial Services
Contact: Anna Xiong, axiong@rice.edu
Full Event Program 

Can't make it?

TurboVote gets you ready to vote wherever you are.

TurboVote is an online voter platform that helps you start the voter registration process, request a ballot by mail, and sign up for email and text reminders for upcoming election deadlines, all in less than five minutes.
Through a partnership with the Rice University Center for Civic Leadership, the Rice community can opt to receive voter registration forms and ballot request applications through TurboVote in pre-paid, pre-addressed envelopes. Sign up today!

Voting Information

Campus Events

Getting registered to vote is just one of many steps to being an engaged and informed citizen. Here are a few campus events to learn more about participating in our democracy, voting rights, and the history of voter suppression in the United States. Almost all of them are held online this semester.

Exhibits

These campus exhibits are a great way to creatively engage with the ideas of democracy, the Constitution, and voting rights in the United States.  

  • Constitutional Voting Rights | Fondren Library | Kelley Center (Location: Basement, Fondren Library)

Exhibit A: U.S. Constitution Amendments on Voting Rights
Exhibit B: How Does a Bill Become a Law
Visit the exhibits and see if you can figure out how the amendments affect your ethnic a groups voting rights. Learn how the Voting Rights Act 1965, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits radical discrimination in voting was signed into law.

Rice Students - Get Registered to Vote!

TurboVote makes sure you always know when elections are happening and have the information you need to vote with confidence. Launched in 2010 by the nonpartisan nonprofit Democracy Works, TurboVote is an online voter platform that helps you start the voter registration process, request a ballot by mail, and sign up for email and text reminders for upcoming election deadlines, all in less than five minutes.

Through a partnership with the Rice University Center for Civic Leadership, Rice students can opt to receive voter registration forms and ballot request applications through TurboVote in pre-paid, pre-addressed envelopes. Sign up today!

New Electronic Resource: data.census.gov

American FactFinder is offline permanently March 31, 2020.

 

Go to  data.census.gov for new data releases.

 

Questions? Visit: 

https://www.census.gov/data/what-is-data-census-gov.html as self help.

 

Or: Contact Kelley Center govhelp@rice.edu to ask for assistance with searching and using this new digital government resource. During the library closure due to the Coronavirus, you may email us to request online research consultancy or instruction for yourself or your class  via Zoom.

 

You may also want to visit our Census Data LibGuide at http://libguides.rice.edu/census to access resources that guide you in locating and using census data.

Check out our new guide to the 2020 Census

Kelley Center for Government Information, Data, and Geospatial Services has generated a new libguide on "2020 Census - Commit to Count," accessible at https://libguides.rice.edu/2020Census.

Our new guide provides selective links to give people a quick start on knowing about the value of the Census, uses of Census data, key dates to know, how to apply for paid Census jobs, a sample questionnaire, 2020 Census guides in different languages, and how to avoid 2020 Census frauds and scams, as well as news about the Census from Census Bureau and on the Rice Campus.

In addition, the guide provides the link to the official website of the 2020 Census for getting more official information.

The guide also provides a link to the 2020 Census website by Houston in Action, which provides rich information to educate and mobilize the Houston region and Harris County for a complete count of the 2020 Census. It also calls everyone to action to share the information and motivate their family relatives, friends, organizations to participate.