Engage the Election
The Engage the Election initiative encourages the Lone Star College community to host engaging events through which both students and the community can have an open, civil dialogue surrounding issues during an election year. While elections for the executive branch garner the bulk of the public’s and media’s attention, the Center for Civic Engagement recognizes that citizens’ need information regarding all elections and that often it is the state and local races that will have the biggest impact on their day to day lives. Therefore, the Center for Civic Engagement works to engage the community by hosting candidate forums, voter registrar trainings, and voter registration drives to involve citizens in all elections.
Voter Registration and Other Resources
The Center for Civic Engagement, in partnership with Democracy Works, is excited to introduce TurboVote to Lone Star College. We are making it easier for you to be engaged in the election process by receiving text message alerts on when the election is taking place as well as other Election Day information.
All you have to do is go to TurboVote and sign up!
After you have filled out the registration form online and submitted it, you will receive the registration form in the mail pre-stamped and you will then mail it off. From there, you will receive your registration card in the mail and text message alerts from TurboVote!
If you are already registered, just sign up on TurboVote to receive text alerts of upcoming elections and your polling place.
Texas Secretary of State
The Texas Secretary of State's office is responsible for all voting in the state. Through their office, a voter can register to vote, get many of your questions about voting answered, and learn about your rights as a voter.
To learn more about voting in Texas, please visit votexas.org
County Clerk's Office
The County Clerk's office oversees voting within their respective counties. Through their website, a voter can learn where they go to vote, update their voter registration information, and how to become a poll worker.
To learn more about these services and others, please click on your county below:
Who Represents Me?
Who Represents Me provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education.
Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar
Through the Harris County Tax Assessor's office, the Center for Civic Engagement hosts Volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar trainings. To learn more about these trainings, as well as when and where they are held, visit the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector website.
Being an Informed Voter
The Center for Civic Engagement is committed to providing voters with the information needed to make an informed decision at the polls. Through the links below, a voter can learn how their legislators are voting on bills, fact check statements and claims by politicians, and learn how to express your opinion on political issues.
What Are They Doing?
Govtrack.us helps everyone learn about and track the activities of the United States Congress including: bill and resolution tracking, voting records, and committee assignments.
VoteSmart.org provides free, factual, and unbiased information on candidates and elected officials including their voting records and positions on issues, speeches, and who they are receiving funding from.
Check Their Claims and Facts
FactCheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. Their goal is to apply the best practices of both journalism and scholarship, and to increase public knowledge and understanding.
Politifact is a fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others who speak up in American politics. PolitiFact checks claims by elected officials, candidates, leaders of political parties and political activists. They examine officials at all levels of government, from county commissioners to U.S. senators, from city council members to the president.
Campus Centers for Civic Engagement
Dr. Jay Theis