Protecting the Right to Vote with the Travis & Harris County Clerks | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The 2020 election is shaping up to be one of the most challenging to execute in our nation's history. The coronavirus pandemic is still wreaking havoc throughout the country, forcing election officials to rethink many of their normal protocols. Here in Texas, unlike in many other states, expanded mail-in voting — which would help to alleviate some of the concerns of in-person voting — has not been allowed. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir (MPAff '81; @TravisCoClerk) and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins (@cghollins) joined us to talk about the challenges they have faced in preparing for a safe 2020 election and the creative ways they are working to protect their constituents' right to vote. LBJ School Assistant Dean for Civic Engagement Victoria DeFrancesco Soto moderated the conversation.


Voting Resources

Travis County

Harris County

Additional Information

  • — Up-to-date information on deadlines, what you need to vote, and other important information for all 50 states, by the League of Women Voters Education Fund.
  • is the official site for voting information for Texans, including what's on your ballot.
  • Visit to register or update your registration, and find opportunities to help get out the vote and protect the vote.
  • is a hub for information designed to empower and unite the LatinX community.
  • Text this information to five friends and encourage them to register, stay on top of deadlines and cast their ballots. Outside Texas, use