Number 23-01
Description This resolution asks that Election Day become an official holiday for students, faculty, staff, and administration.
Authored by Yaseen Tasnif
Sponsored by Yaseen Tasnif
Date Submitted Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Date Considered Thursday, January 1, 1970
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Special Affairs
Result In Research
Whereas All aspects of this resolutions shall remain strictly nonpartisan, unaffiliated with any political party, political party, political candidate, or political action committee (PACs), and;
Whereas Texas is known for record low voter turnout and registration, especially amongst voters aged 18-24, Hispanic/ Latin American voters, voters with limited English proficiency, and voters without a college degree, and the University of Texas at Arlington has large populations of these, and;
Whereas While voting and voting access is a basic right as a citizen of the United States, early voting is not possible for some students on campus for a variety of reasons, Election Day being the only option, and;
Whereas Texas voters, including those at the University of Texas at Arlington, have expressed concern about hardships related to voting as a result of the Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021, also known as the Texas Senate Bill No.1, and;
Be It Further Resolved That Election Day shall become an official holiday for students, faculty, staff, and administration every other even-numbered year the on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November, thereby taking a large step towards voter access.
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