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Electioneering at Texas State University

Freedom of speech and assembly are essential to intellectual development. As an institution of higher learning, Texas State University affirms its commitment to the free expression of ideas as embodied in the constitution of the United States of America; however, these freedoms are subject to reasonable restrictions, so they do not interfere with the essential functions of the university. 


The LBJ Student Center will serve as the polling location for the 2021 election cycle. Early voting will take place October 18-29, 2021 and Election Day is on November 2, 2021. Voting will take place in LBJSC 3-21.3. 

Texas State University, as an institution of higher learning, welcomes and encourages the free exchange of ideals. The policies below are a way for the university to ensure that the free exchange can exist in tandem with the essential functions of the university. We want to ensure the safety of our students as well as our visitors. 

Please carefully review the contents of this webpage, as it will define the locations for electioneering, ways that individuals can electioneer on campus, and how to register to electioneer on campus. 

Information for Voters

For those voting on campus, parking is located in the LBJ Student Center parking garage. Parking will be validated only for those voting. You will receive your parking validation from the poll workers.

Polls will be open at on the following days at the following times at the LBJ Student Center:

Monday, October 18 — Friday, October 22 | 8 am — 5 pm

Saturday, October 23 | 10 am — 2 pm

Monday, October 25 — Wednesday, October 27 | 8 am — 5 pm

Thursday, October 28 — Friday, October 29 | 7 am — 7 pm

Tuesday, November 2 (Election Day) | 7 am – 7 pm

Voting Entrance

The LBJ Student Center will serve as the polling location for the 2021 election cycle. Voting will take place in room 3-21.3. Voters will enter the building to vote from the entrance located off of Gaillardia St. between the LBJ Student Center Parking Garage and Encino Hall (pictured below with blue arrow).

Entrance to third floor of LBJ student center notated with blue arrow pointing towards entrance.
Entrance to the third floor of the LBJ Student Center located between the LBJ Student Center Garage and Encino Hall.

Electioneering Registration

To electioneer on the Texas State University campus, the Department of Student Involvement recommends individuals fill out the Electioneering Request Form and submit to the Department of Student Involvement front desk of the fourth floor of the LBJ Student Center. All forms must be printed and submitted in person. 

All electioneering request forms for the 2021 election cycle must be submitted 2 business days before the requested date (weekends/university closures due to holidays excluded). You can access the form below. 

Electioneering Guidelines

During the time a polling place is open for voting, a person may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, or political party within 100 feet of an outside door through which a voter may enter the building where voting is taking place. Individuals cannot advertise by signs, personal belongings, or hold political meetings in the LBJ Student Center during the voting period (Election Code § 85.036). Please be aware that individuals who do not adhere to these guidelines will be asked to leave university property.  

The areas where electioneering is not permitted is notated on the map below in red circles. During the voting period, these areas will be marked with signage stating that electioneering may not take place in these areas. 

Campus map screenshot of the LBJ Student center notating where electioneering is not allowed using red circles
Red circles notate the areas where electioneering is not allowed near the LBJ Student Center

Electioneering Locations

The Department of Student Involvement designates one or more places near the polling place where people may place signs for or against any candidate, measure, or political party. As provided in state law (Election Code § 62.013), these signs must be at least 100 feet from the outside door through which a voter may enter a building in which a polling place is located. In order to accommodate all signage, the Department of Student Involvement may limit the number of signs that may be placed in the designated areas by electioneers to allow adequate space for all who would like to post signs.

The Department of Student Involvement has designated the following spaces as electioneering sites for polling at the LBJ Student Center. Each section will describe the type of electioneering (human signs, yard signs and self supporting signs, and tabling) allowed in each space and will include a map notating where each type of electioneering may take place, marked with a colored circle.


Human Signs

Human Signs are defined as persons holding signs/posters, persons having signs affixed to their body, persons wearing apparel with their candidate, measure, or political affiliation displayed, and persons passing out candidate, measure, or political party information. 

Human signs are only allowed in the space between Encino Hall and the LBJ Mall (notated on the map below with a black circle). 

Those who are acting as Human signs are not permitted to bring tables and chairs into this space. Human signs must be standing and moving throughout the assigned space the whole time. Those who are not in compliance with this policy will be asked to leave university property. 

Image of the space between Encino Hall, Elliot Hall, and the LBJ Mall where human signs are able to be located.
Human signs are permitted in the space within the black circle.

Yard Signs

 Yard signs are signs that stake into the ground with metal H-frames. 

These signs will be allowed in the following spaces: LBJ Mall, Quad, and Bobcat Trail. Below are maps with posting locations notated with blue circles. 

Signs with large stakes are not permitted on campus. Signs affixed to poles, sticks, or other handles are not permitted on campus. Signs that do not adhere to the policy as listed in UPPS (07.04.02) will be removed and the owner will be contacted. 

LBJ Mall map screenshot with blue circles notating where signs can be posted

Yard signs are able to be displayed in the spaces within the blue circles.

Bobcat trail map screenshot with blue circles notating where signs can be posted

Yard signs are able to be displayed in the spaces within the blue circles.

Map of Bobcat Trail with blue circles notating where signs can be posted

Yard signs are able to be displayed in the spaces within the blue circles.


Tabling

Tabling consists of individuals campaigning for a particular candidate, measure, or political party from a stationary location that may consist of a table, chairs, and/or a tent. 

Tables may be no larger than 6ft in length. Each table setup may have no more than 2 chairs. Tents may be no larger than 10ft by 10ft. Those who do not follow this policy will be asked to leave university property. 

The tabling locations are located in the LBJ Mall and Quad spaces (notated on the maps below in green circles). 

Map screenshot of the LBJ Mall with tabling locations highlighted with green circle

Tabling locations are available within the green circle.

Map screenshot of the Quad with tabling spaces highlighted by the green circle

Tabling locations are available within the green circle.