Campus Vote Initiative
Wonder why student voting matters? Read this!
CCVotes strives to increase CC voter engagement and turnout by organizing voter registration efforts, directing voter outreach and education, and facilitating ballot collection initiatives.
Students are the most crucial voting group for the country’s future.
Nationwide, young adults (including students) comprise nearly a quarter of the electorate and will soon replace Baby Boomers as the single largest voting cohort in the country. However, students vote at lower rates than nearly every other demographic, diluting their ability to act on the most important issues of our time.
Though CC students have traditionally followed the nationwide trend of voter disengagement, the dynamic is beginning to change. According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, voter turnout for CC students increased from 20.2% in the 2014 midterms to 40% in the 2016 presidential election and 41.8% in the 2018 midterms! Although there has been a huge improvement, we can still do better. Your voice matters and one vote can make a difference in many of the local elections.
CC Athletics has set out to reach 100% voter registration among eligible student-athletes. Planned by the diversity & inclusion committee of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, teams will get their roster to 100%, and then challenge other CC teams, conference competitors, and campus organizations to do the same. Challenges will be issued on social media, from individual accounts of each of our teams. We’re hoping this can spur some healthy competition in the goal of getting as many CC students out to vote as possible!
What does CC Votes do?
CCVotes coordinates numerous programs to increase voter turnout on campus, including:
- Voter registration drives during NSO
- Ballot drop-offs in Worner in the weeks prior to elections
- Carpool shuttles to voting centers
- Non-partisan election guides
- Student-directed candidate debates and forums
November 3rd, 2020: General Election
Register to Vote:
Are you registered to vote in Colorado? If not, register now! There are several ways to get registered:
- If you’re updating a current Colorado voter registration record, you can complete the process online using either your Colorado license/ ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
- If this is your first time registering to vote in Colorado:
- If you’ve been issued a CO license/ID, complete the process online with your ID number.
- If you've never been issued a CO license/ID you can still register to vote in Colorado! Print out a voter registration form here to complete using the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. You'll then mail the form to your County Clerk.
- In-Person at a Voter Service & Polling Center; Voter Service Centers will begin opening on Monday, Oct. 19, and will stay open until voting ends at 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3).
Make sure your “Address where you live” is the address where you live, and that your “Address where you receive mail” is your Worner Box number (e.g. 902 N. Cascade Ave. WORNER BOX ___).
DID YOU CHANGE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS FOR THE PRIMARY AND PLAN TO VOTE ON-CAMPUS IN THE FALL?
Visit this website. Enter the requisite information and click ‘edit’ on the next page. Enter your identification, then ensure your “Address to mail your ballot” is your Worner box (e.g. 902 N CASCADE AVE WORNER BOX ___).
TEMPORARILY LIVING OUT OF STATE, & NEED TO CHANGE YOUR MAILING ADDRESS TO RECEIVE YOUR COLORADO BALLOT?
If you’re currently temporarily out-of-state due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can receive your Colorado ballot to an out-of-state address! Just update your voter registration here, changing the “Address to mail your ballot” to the out-of-state address. You can complete the process fully online, using the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number or the number from your CO license, ID, or permit.
El Paso County Election Department Contact Information
- Phone Number: 719-575-VOTE (8683)
Contact information for the rest of Colorado’s County Clerks
Election Protection Hotline
- English: 866-687-8683
- Español: 888-839-8682
Nonpartisan election information: JustVoteColorado.org
Members of CC Votes have put together this handy video: Colorado Ballot Initiatives: a Complete Guide
Nonpartisan Voter Guides
- League of Women Voters (Vote411)
- Contents: Whole Ballot and Bilingual
- Campus Elections Engagement Project
- Contents: Federal/National Candidates
- The Colorado Nonprofit Association
- Contents: Statewide Ballot Measures
- New Era Colorado
- Contents: Statewide Candidates
- Citizens Project
- Contents: Colorado Springs Issues
Local News Sources
Listen to the U.S. Senate Debate (Colorado) between Republican incumbent Cory Gardner and Democrat John Hickenlooper that happened on October 9th.
Q: How do I get my ballot?
A: If you’re up-to-date on your voter registration at your CC address, your mail-in ballot should arrive directly in your Worner box. If you do not register in time to receive a ballot by mail, or misplace your ballot, you can get a replacement ballot at a Voter Service and Polling Center once voting begins
Q: How do I return my ballot?
A: You can either mail in your ballot (ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3 - last day we recommend mailing it Oct. 26)return it at any Ballot Dropbox in the state, or vote in person at a Voter Service Center in your county by 7 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3).Click here to locate your closest Voter Service and Polling Center.
Q: If I don't vote on a candidate or question, will the rest of my ballot still be counted?
A: Yes! There’s so much to vote on this year: From national to state-level races, to critical ballot measures that will have lasting impacts in Colorado.
Q: What kinds of ID can I use to vote?
- If you’re voting by mail → You may need to include a photocopy of an acceptable ID—check your ballot instructions for more information.
- If you’re voting in person → Bring a form of acceptable ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms include: CO license/ID, CO student ID (Gold Card), Passport, utility bill. Full list at JustVoteColorado.org.
Q: If I didn't vote in the last election, am I still registered to vote?
A: You should check here to ensure your voter information is current and active.
Is there an issue or candidate you are passionate about and want to volunteer? There are many opportunities for you to make a difference!
- Work with CC Votes with campus-wide election efforts
- Contact Elena Martinez-Vivot to see how you can get involved
- Help Citizen’s Project Get out the Vote in Colorado Springs
- Work with New Era to support Youth Voters
- Combat Voter Suppression with 866 Our Vote
- Support Latino Voters
Qualified Political Organization
Additionally, the following candidates are running in the November election:
- Democrat: John Hickenlooper
- Republican: Cory Gardner (Incumbent)
- Libertarian: Raymon Doane
- Socialist: Veronique Bellamy
- Unity: Stephan Evans
- Independent: Martha Wolf
- Write-in: Danny Skelly
Colorado’s Fifth U.S. Congressional District (Colorado College is located in CD-5, but if you live off-campus, you can find your district here):
- Democrat: Jillian Freeland
- Republican: Doug Lamborn (Incumbent)
- Libertarian: Ed Duffet
- Unity: Rebecca Keltie
Colorado’s 11th State Senate District (Colorado College is located in SD-11, but if you live off-campus you can find your district here)
- Democrat: Pete Lee (Unopposed)
Colorado’s 18th State House District (Colorado College is located in SHD-11, but if you live off-campus you can find your district here)