Student Life helps CU Denver students navigate elections through informative events, resource sharing, and promoting voter-friendly practices.
The 2020 presidential election engaged the largest and most diverse group of college students in U.S.
history. The University of Colorado Denver received the 2021 GOLD Seal. More than 840 institutions
enrolling close to nine million students participate in the ALL IN Challenge. The 2020 election cycle saw unprecedented voter registration and turnout among college students
according to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE), a research study of the
Institute for Democracy in Higher Education (IDHE) at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts
University. IDHE reported that 66 percent of college students voted in the 2020 election, a 14-point
increase from 2016. Data provided by IDHE shows CU Denver’s voting rate increased by 8.5% to 77.7%
in 2020. CU Denver students voted at a rate 11.7% higher than the national average for college students.
There’s more to elections than the presidential race! Contrary to what you might see in the news, elections happen every year and they are your chance to weigh in on what is going on in your community! Here are just a few times during your college experience that you will be asked to vote:
Want to learn more to effectively participate in elections? Check out these three videos on the Student Life YouTube channel, created by the Auraria Voter Education Committee.
Voter Education 101: Evaluating Ballot Initiatives & Candidates
Voter Education 101: Campaign Finance Reform
Voter Education 101: Judicial Retention
Participation in local, state, and federal elections is an ongoing commitment and benefits when citizens are informed of their rights, the issues, and have access to nonpartisan elections information. Check out these links to help inform yourself and make the decisions that align with your values and priorities.
Ballotpedia https://ballotpedia.org/ a digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections. Their goal is to inform people about politics by providing accurate and objective information about politics at all levels of government.
Campus Elections Engagement Project (CEEP) https://campuselect.org/ a national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state and local elections, working to promote a more equitable and inclusive democracy, and to overcome the ever-changing barriers to voting faced by college students.
Colorado Sun https://coloradosun.com/category/news/politics/ a journalist owned, online publication covering issues across Colorado, including nonpartisan elections coverage.
Voter Registration, the most reliable place for voter registration information is from the Secretary of State office for the state you are curious about; for Colorado, check out https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/ to learn about requirements, dates and deadlines, election security, and a wealth of other resources.
Where to Vote: Students, staff, and faculty members can drop their ballots off at the permanent ballot box outside the Tivoli Student Union (outside Starbucks) or vote in the polling station located in the Multicultural Lounge on the 2nd floor of the Tivoli which is across from the entrance of Starbucks.
Out of State Students: If you are registered in another state you can request your absentee ballot from your home state or you can register to vote in Colorado. Deadlines may apply for out of state voter registration so visit vote.gov to learn more.
Are you passionate about helping turn out the vote with college students or ways we can be a more voter-friendly campus? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Voter Engagement, and we can help connect you with great opportunities to get more involved!