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Celebrate U.S. Constitution Day on September 17, 2020
Get registered to vote! Deadline is October 5, 2020.
Register to vote and learn everything you need to do to be a voter this year! Rice Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars (VDVRs) will be outside the Fondren entrances with voter registration forms, voting information, stamps, and more. Come by if you need to register to vote or have any questions!
Are you registered to vote at your current address?
The TX registration deadline is October 5, 2020, whether you want to vote by mail, vote early from October 13-30, or vote on Election Day, November 3, 2020.
- Stop by to get registered to vote by VDVR-certified Rice volunteers or ask any questions you might have about voting.
- 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.
- If you have never been issued any of these but meet TX eligibility requirements, you may also fill out an 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.
Dates & Times
National Voter Registration Day
- Sep 21, 10 am-6 pm
- Sep 22 rescheduled due to TD Beta
- Stay tuned for the new event information!
- Inside Fondren Library, first floor (due to Tropical Storm Beta)
Last week before the deadline
- Sep 28, 2-4 pm
- Sep 29, 2-4 pm
- Sep 30, 2-4 pm
- Oct 1, 2-4 pm
- Oct 2, 2-4 pm
- Oct 5, 2-4 pm
Are you a VDVR certified member of the Rice community interested in volunteering?:
VDVR volunteer signup | Email Fondren VDVRs | Fondren Voting Event Guide - volunteers, please read the guide before arrival
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!
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.
- Houston Youth Voters Conference | Collaboration between Rice University, Texas Southern University, the University of Houston-Downtown, the University of Houston, and Houston Community College.
- Rice Votes Events full list | RicEngaged | Center for Civic Leadership
- Right to Vote Fall Event Series | Center for Civic Leadership
- Town Hall: Reflections on the 2020 Election | School of Humanities
These campus exhibits are a good way to creatively engage
News & Features
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!
News & Features
American FactFinder is offline permanently March 31, 2020.
Go to data.census.gov for new data releases.
https://www.census.gov/data/what-is-data-census-gov.html as self help.
Or: Contact Kelley Center firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
News & Features
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.