Early Voting Begins Today at Performing Arts Center on the San Marcos Campus

President Denise M. Trauth | October 13, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

Texas State University is proud to host a polling location on our San Marcos Campus for students, faculty, staff, and the Hays County community to exercise one of our most precious civil rights -- voting safely.  

You may participate in early voting at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the San Marcos Campus now through October 30, or you may cast your vote at the PAC on Election Day, November 3.

If you are registered to vote in Hays County, you can cast your ballot at the Performing Arts Center polling location. If you live in Round Rock, you can vote at any Williamson County voting location either during early voting or on Election Day. Likewise, Austin residents can vote at any Travis County location.

I want to thank our Texas State 2020 Elections Task Force for the incredible work they have done to prepare our campuses for the election, and to provide a webpage with the information you need about voting. I encourage you to visit the page Vote. The Rest is Just Noise., and to make your voting plan.  

Now through Election Day, you can expect to see more traffic and people on our San Marcos Campus. We are providing free parking for community voters in the Edward Gary Garage.

Texas State, in coordination with the Hays County Election staff, is committed to creating a safe voting environment. All voters are urged to follow the precautions our university has implemented to protect our community from COVID-19, such as wearing a face covering, social distancing, and using the hand sanitizer available onsite. 

As Bobcats, this election season is a time to not only make our voice heard through voting, but also to respect the right of others to do the same. A Hays County Election judge will be available onsite at the Performing Arts Center to answer questions or to address any concerns or irregularities. If you have been near the Concho Green space adjacent to the Performing Arts Center, you have noticed the candidate signs.  Legal electioneering has begun and will continue through the election. We may see people expressing their constitutional right to free speech. This is all part of our national democratic process and of being a learning community committed to personal growth and transformative education. As a university, we have prepared to support this process by forming a team that has met over the last few months to help create a safe environment for productive discourse and expression. 

Texas State is home to students, faculty, and staff with varying political ideologies and beliefs.  I encourage us to engage in constructive dialogue. This is a normal and healthy part of the university experience. We want a diverse range of voices, but we will not condone any messages and actions of hate, racism, or violence. Anyone experiencing or witnessing instances of bias or racism should report it through the Office of Equity and Inclusion at File a Report. 

Bobcats, your voice and your vote matter! I strongly encourage you to take part in our national conversation by casting your vote. 


Denise M. Trauth