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All schools and district offices closed Nov. 2-3


Denton Independent School District students and staff will not have school on Monday, Nov. 2, or on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Several campuses and offices across the district will serve as polling locations on Election Day.

 

“By having election day off from school for students and staff this year, it presents a golden opportunity for our families to have an open dialogue about democracy and the importance of voting, especially as it pertains to history in the United States,” said Dr. Jamie Wilson, superintendent of schools.

 

Although the law does not require citizens to vote, voting is a fundamental part of a democratic society. Here are a few topics that could be discussed related to voting history in our country:

 

  • This election year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress passing the 19th Amendment to the Constitution giving women the right to vote.  Known as the Women's Suffrage Movement, the 19th Amendment was passed on Aug. 26, 1920.

 

  • 54 years ago, the 24th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress putting an end to Poll taxes.  Poll taxes, also known as tax fees for voting, was a tactic used to discourage poor people from voting.  The Amendment was passed on Jan. 23, 1964.

 

  • On July 1, 1971, the 26th Amendment to the Constitution was passed by Congress lowering the voting age from 21 to 18.  The Amendment prohibits states and the federal government from using age as a reason to deny citizens the right to vote in the United States.

 

Monday, Nov. 2, is designated on the district calendar as an inclement weather make-up day in Denton ISD.  If the district is not closed due to inclement weather prior to the day occurring on the calendar, the day reverts to a student and staff holiday with no school.

 

To find an Election Day polling site in Denton County, please click here to visit votedenton.com.