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Upcoming Events

October 22-November 2: Early Voting in Harris County!

Need a ride to the polls or want to offer one? Sign up here here to ride together to the polls.

October 22 (6:30-8 pm): Fall Debate 2018: College Republicans vs. Young Democrats

BISF is hosting its annual fall debate between the Young Democrats and College Republicans. Join us in the International Conference Facility of the Baker Institute to see our debaters discuss an important current policy topic! Pizza will be served at 6:30 pm, and the debate will start at 7 pm.

October 22 (12-1 pm): Midterm Elections with Baker Institute fellow Mark Jones

Dr. Mark P. Jones is the fellow in political science at the Baker Institute, the Joseph D. Jamail Chair in Latin American Studies and a professor in the Department of Political Science at Rice University. He is currently working on two principal research agendas, one that examines the impact of political institutions on politics and public policy in Latin America, and the other that analyzes the evolution of partisan politics in Texas over the past 50 years. Registration is limited, and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP herehttps://goo.gl/forms/GFw6iy3cLvM1maY23

October 22-26: Policy Awareness Week

Join the Baker Institute Student Forum (BISF) and become more informed voters in preparation for the midterm elections! BISF is hosting a Policy Awareness week from October 22-26, with activities taking place in different parts of campus. No matter what you're studying or what your interests are, policy impacts you. We're looking forward to seeing you at our events! Find out more on our Facebook page and RSVP to the different events on our Facebook event.

Beto O'Rourke at Rice, Tuesday, October 9

 Rice Young Democrats are hosting Senate candidate Beto O'Rourke at First Christian Church, at 1601 Sunset Blvd. from 1:30-3:30pm

Voter Registration on Campus, October 2-8

Civic Duty will have Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars in the residential colleges during lunch each week day this week to register voters. 

You can also register to vote in Fondren Library this wednesday, thursday, friday, saturday and next monday, October 8, between 2-4.

Remember, October 9 is the deadline to register to vote in Texas!

National Voter Registration Day

Who: anyone who would like to register to vote in Harris County or pledge vote in the 2018 midterm elections

What: Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrars will be on hand to register new Harris County voters.  Already registered to vote in Harris County or in your home state?  Come out and complete a voter pledge, receive an "I Pledged to Vote" sticker, get your photo taken alongside your reason for voting in this election, and enjoy banh mi sandwiches from Hughies Vietnamese Grille. 

Where: RMC lobby

When: Tuesday, September 25, 11am-2pm

Want to help register people to vote in Harris County?  Become a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar

In order to encourage voter participation, Texas election law provides for County Voter Registrars to designate individuals to assist in the registration of eligible persons to vote.  These individuals are appointed as Volunteer Deputy Registrars and operate under state rules and the supervision of the County Voter Registrar.  To  find out more about becoming a VDVR, including upcoming training opportunities, visit the Harris County Tax Office website: 


Houston Youth Voter Summit

Who: open to all Houston youth

What: a conference to build momentum for youth voter participation in the 2018 midterm elections and to build a civic engagement community across Houston college and university campuses. The day will include voter registration, voter pledges, speakers who are experts in youth empowerment and voting trends, and breakout sessions for attending schools to strategize GOTV efforts for their respective campuses. 

Where: McMurtry and Duncan Colleges 

When: September 15, 2018, 9:00am-4:00 pm

Houston Democratic Voter Outreach and Mobilization

Who: anyone trained as a Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar (VDVR) and/or anyone who leans Democratic

What: register voters, identify likely Democratic voters, recruit volunteers, distribute candidate information, inform residents of voting dates and locations (led by Melody Tan, Rice Ph.D. Candidate, bioengineering)

Where: Precint 579 (Galleria Area); meeting at the Chipotle at 5176 Richmond

When: Sunday, September 2, 4-7pm (and every Sunday)