Longhorns punch their ballots early
Oct. 28, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Texas women's basketball team spent its most recent day off practice visiting the election booths, as several players and members of the coaching staff punched their ballots for local, state and national leaders. For many of the Longhorns, this year's election marks the first Presidential Election where they were eligible to cast a vote.
"Voting is another step in becoming an adult, and I'm proud of my team for taking the opportunity to make sure their voices are heard in this year's election," said second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. "Our ancestors fought for women to have the right to vote, and this is a civic responsibility that we should never take for granted."
Earlier this year, campus organization UT Votes met with the team and coaching staff to ensure each individual was registered to vote.
"It's important to vote. Everyone has a voice in this election, and this was our opportunity to punch the ballot for our chosen candidates," said freshman Yvonne Anderson. "It was exciting to vote for the first time, and even more special to share this moment with my teammates."