By Heather Fitzmorris
Integrated University Communications
Eight University of Colorado Denver students participated in the Election Fellows Program in hopes of seeing an increase of students involved in the voting process in the Nov. 2 election. With the 2008 election showing the first majority turnout in U.S. voters ages 19-29 since 1971, election officials look forward to seeing continued involvement from younger voters.
The Fellows were given the opportunity to meet with Secretary of State Bernie Buescher, seated at right, and his staff to discuss topics such as how the state acts as a bridge between federal law and local policy and the role of the state and the Secretary of State in the elections process. The Fellows also have currently recruited 315 students to be poll workers across the state, of which 96 are UC Denver students.
The Election Fellows Program is working to continue youth participation in the elections process through a comprehensive curriculum and hands-on experience that brings young people to work the polls on Election Day. The program, made up of 21 students from colleges across the state, is offered through the Colorado Campus Compact (CCC) housed at Regis University.
“Colorado Campus Compact believes that encouraging youth participation in the electoral process is a critical part of civic engagement,” says CCC Membership Services Coordinator Lauren Alweis, who manages the Election Fellows Program. “We know students crave meaningful involvement; our goal is to provide programming that gives them a deeper understanding of the democratic process and inspires them to participate in concrete, impactful ways.”