Does the idea of registering to vote seem complicated and intimidating? The availability of some Colorado-focused solutions and resources may change that.
Student voters can take advantage of registration forms with detailed step-by-step instructions, on campus events and many online resources over the next few months to help simplify the voting process.
The last day for all eligible Colorado residents to register to vote by mail is Oct. 31. They must register and vote in-person between Oct. 31 and Election Day on Nov. 8.
Amanda Ford, a senator-at-large in the Student Government Association, says that several UCCS clubs have been working together to help students complete their voting registration. “I am president of the College Democrats, and we are working with the feminist club to get one started. So, all these events will be popping up on Mountain Lion Connect in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
In addition to seeking out resources in the form of on-campus voting drives, Ford recommends that students visit the Secretary of State’s Voting FAQ page to get answers to any questions they may have.
Those who have not registered to vote can visit the Secretary of State’s voter registration website to complete the form on paper or electronically. It will ask for basic personal information, a state ID number and the last four digits of a social security number.
Students can send in their ballots at a nearby drop box after they receive and complete them. UCCS has a 24-hour ballot box located outside of the University Center, next to the shuttle stop.
Ford’s advice for first-time voters is to start voting in the years between the main presidential elections when they can voice their opinions on long-term current affairs.
“I think it’s super important that students get out and vote and not feel overwhelmed by the logistics and the bureaucracy on the national level. Just to kind of narrow their scope to something local, and then you’ll also be able to see the tangible effects of your vote and your voice in your community around you. That it does matter, and it does count,” Ford said.
Students can visit the Secretary of State’s voting website to check the status of their ballots, get answers to questions they may have and find general election information and dates.
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