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Welcome to First Vote!, a collaboration of the Travis County voter registration and election divisions and the Austin-area League of Women Voters.

First Vote! Program

The First Vote! program is available free of charge to high schools across the county and organizations with 20 or more 17- to 18-year old students. 

The First Vote! team teaches junior and senior high school students about the importance of voter registration and voting and empowers them with knowledge on how to seek out non-partisan information on candidates and issues. Team members also register eligible students to vote.

To hold the attention of teens, the program moves fast, taking up only 30 minutes from start to finish. However, First Vote! team members are available to stay after the formal presentation to answer questions and register students to vote.

Want to learn more? Download the information below to learn more about the First Vote! program and how you can schedule the team to come to your school. 

Mock Presidential Elections

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2016 Mock Presidential Election

 

Sponsored by Travis County Tax Office; Travis County Clerk Office; and the League of Women Voters of Austin.

With your help, primary and secondary school students throughout Travis County will pick the next President of the United States! This Mock Presidential Election is being held before the real Presidential Election in November so that students can see how their selection holds up against the real election results in November. These students will be the “first” to decide and we expect plenty of media coverage. But this is far from a publicity stunt. This Mock Presidential Election is a hands-on learning process.

Before the election, students will register to be voters, receive faux voter registration cards, become members of the electoral college, be reporters covering the story, receive “I Voted” stickers and more. Due to Voter ID, students will be instructed they must bring their voter registration card to the polls to vote. Working together we can excite students about the civic process and energize them to look forward to the day they can really vote!

The Austin Independent School District has graciously volunteered to collect the results from all schools participating in the Mock Presidential Election. Each participating school will submit their results to AISD’s Central Counting Center, which will be operated by the school district, the University of Texas’ Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life and the Travis County Tax Office’s Voter Registration Division.

The First Vote! team can help guide your school faculty in how to set up and execute the Mock Presidential Election. Questions? Send them to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2016 Mock Election Results

View Mock Election Map

Download results file

Ballots

Here are some important resources to help you with the Mock Presidential Election: 

Youth Cam - Student PSA Contest

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This Public Service Announcement (PSA) video contest is for high school and middle school students and is designed to promote voter registration and voter turnout at the polls, especially among young voters, in Travis County. The contest is open now until Monday, November 6 at 5PM. 

The contest theme is “Register. Be Counted. Vote!” and entrants must use the already developed logo (either the square or horizontal version) in their productions.

Prizes will be awarded on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar where the winning entries will be shown on the big screen, beginning at noon.

Categories

There are three English categories and three Spanish categories. First place in each category will receive $500 and some prizes; second is $250 and prizes; and third place is $100 with prizes. Prizes include gift certificates to many local Austin businesses for goods and food. Go to the Prizes page for a complete list of prizes.

You may enter either the English or the Spanish contest in the following categories:

  • 60-second commercial
  • 30-second commercial
  • 15-second commercial

You may have one entry in each category. However, you may enter any submission— in English or Spanish— into “The People’s Choice,” a category that will be decided by popular vote. Only first prize will be awarded in this category to the top vote-getter.

Sample PSAs

You may review previous public service announcements on voting on the Travis County Tax Office You Tube Channel. Among the many voter registration PSAs, be sure to watch these (which were developed for another project called Move the Vote):

Questions?

If you have questions, submit them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Information

Watch the voter registration video. Learn about voter registration. Information on elections and voting.

Contest Partners

YouthCam – Student PSA Contest is a collaboration of the Travis County Tax Office – Voter Registration Division; Travis County Clerk Office – Elections Division; League of Women Voters of the Austin Area; Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas; Precision Camera & Video; Univision; and many other partners that will be listed soon.