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Interim President's Message - Voting This Week and Election Day

Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.

Good day, Gators!

Election Day is upon us, and I am proud to be part of a community that is making national news for early voting turnout. Likewise, it is gratifying to see the level of civic engagement happening amongst our Gators.

This week alone, UHD hosts some impressive events focused on the upcoming elections. The Walk 2 Vote event and the forum "We the People" in 21st Century Politics on Oct. 28 are examples of the University Community coming together to encourage participation in the democratic process. Also, I am proud to announce that the Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) will broadcast its 2020 Fall Symposium on Race, Politics & Culture on Oct. 27 through its website, Facebook and YouTube.

As mentioned in this video, this year's Walk 2 Vote is going virtual. You can participate by walking to the nearest polling station to cast your ballot on Oct. 28. Or, you may drive, bike, take METRO or use any mode of transportation to get to the polls. Share an image before or after voting (perhaps with the "I Voted" sticker) and the hashtag #UHDWalk2Vote. This is one of the Student Government Association's signature events, and I applaud their spirit.

And for those who want to become more informed on candidates, the issues and voting in our community, the events presented by the Center for Public Deliberation and Center for Critical Race Studies provide opportunities to hear directly from those running for office and community leaders.

Just as I am encouraging participation in all of these events, I also hope to motivate you to vote this week or on Election Day Nov. 3. I am sure you are well aware, voting is both a privilege and a right that we should not take for granted.

As a reminder, benefits-eligible employees qualify for Voting Leave and students can park for free on campus this week and on Nov. 3 when voting.

If you live in Houston and Harris County, visit HarrisVotes for information on where and when to vote. Also, the League of Women Voters has a comprehensive guide that covers the region.

This year's election is critical for a number of public offices, including that of the U.S. President. Regardless of who your preferred candidate is, your vote matters.

See you at the polls, Gators.


Antonio D. Tillis, Ph.D.
Interim President, University of Houston-Downtown