12:46 PM

A Note from UHD Interim President Michael A. Olivas: Exercise Your Right to Vote

Dear UHD Family,

Election Day is upon us, and it's a big one. Tomorrow, November 8, voters will head to the polls to select the next President of the United States. Also, a number of important state and local officials will be elected.

I'm not about to tell you who to vote for, but I can exercise my First Amendment right — and ability to send out these messages — to encourage everyone at UHD to vote. We live in a wonderful city and a great country, so it is our duty, and our privilege, to cast ballots that will impact local and national leadership.

Many in this country fought and died so that we would have this right, and citizens in some nations yearn to vote. So, let's not take this lightly. This is definitely serious stuff. I have spent much of my professional career defending voting rights and mounting legal challenges to those who would suppress these rights.

I am pleased to see the strong voting turnouts, and am impressed by our students' commitment to civic engagement, particularly during the recent Walk 2 Vote event. One refugee UHD student I know personally and who works in my office, recently became a U.S. citizen and is proud to have voted for the first time. I gave her the voting registration card she used to become registered. (I carry these in my briefcase.)

Remember that all UHD staff members are eligible for Voting Leave. Consult with your managers for more details.

I know we'll be bleary eyed on Wednesday morning after waiting for the results to come in. Still, we should all feel good that we contributed to the process.

If you voted already, I applaud you. If you have not yet done so, I again encourage you to visit the polls and let your voices be heard. You can find your polling places and sample ballots online through a number of sites including HarrisVotes.com and the League of Women Voters site.