Did you know that in 2016, 68% of eligible CU Denver students were registered to vote? That is 17.6% percent above the national average for college students! Colorado also ranked 3rd in the country for youth voters during the 2020 national elections. Our office helps CU Denver students navigate elections through informative events, resource sharing, and promoting voter-friendly practices.
There’s more to elections than the presidential race! Contrary 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:
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.
CU Denver participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge (https://allinchallenge.org/) and achieved, with our Metropolitan State University of Denver and Community College of Denver campus partners, the designation as a Voter Friendly Campus (https://www.voterfriendlycampus.org/) through NASPA and the American Democracy Project.
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 email@example.com, subject line Voter Engagement, and we can help connect you with great opportunities to get more involved!