It’s being reported that the University of Texas e-mail system was used to urge all students to “vote straight Democratic” in unsolicited messages. This would appear to be in direct conflict with the tax-funded institution’s policies.

Writing at, UT student Tony Listi reports:

The [Travis County Democratic Party] email, sent Monday, included an image of President Obama and urged students to “Vote Straight Democratic.” The email sent from the Doggett campaign attacked his opponent, Dr. Donna Campbell, and encouraged students to vote early on campus.

Listi and other students want to know why this e-mail was able to be sent, apparently in direct contradiction to the UT e-mail policy.

Tyler Norris, the president of the UT chapter of Young Conservatives of Texas, says this isn’t the first time “student email accounts have been misused… At this time it is unclear how both the TCDP and Doggett campaign acquired UT student email addresses, we feel that’s something students would like to know.”

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."