Campus Vote Initiative
Upcoming Debate on CC Campus!
The Collaborative for Community Engagement, Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal, and Trails and Open Spaces Coalition are co-hosting the Energy and Open Spaces Debate: A Town/Gown Collaborative, for the upcoming Colorado Springs City Council Election.
In preparation for the debate, which will be in Packard Hall from 6:30-8:00pm on March 7, all students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to submit questions using this form through February 25. Questions will be reviewed by a panel of experts, civilian and students for use in the debate.
Wonder why student voting matters? Read this!
Every vote counts! Be sure your voice is heard on Election Day by making sure you are registered to vote, knowing the issues/candidates, and voting in-person or by mail-in-ballot. “Young adults (ages 18-29) make up about 21% of the voting eligible population in 2014, but voter turnout for this demographic has reached record lows in recent years…young people have the power to make a difference.” – Campus Vote Project
According to the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, just under 40% of CC students voted in the 2016 Presidential Election and only 20% voted in the 2014 Midterm Election, compared to 50.4% and 19.1%, respectively, for all recorded institutions. We can do better! Your voice matters and one vote can make a difference in many of the local elections.
Check Your Voter Registration Status
Need to update your Colorado voter registration? Not sure if you are registered to vote in Colorado? Don’t know if you’ve updated your address?
Check the status of your Colorado Voter Registration here!
Register to Vote
Are you registered to vote in Colorado? If not, register now! There are several ways to get registered:
- Online (you must have a Colorado driver’s license or ID card to register online)
- In-Person at a Voter Service & Polling Center
- At the Polls on Election Day
Build your Personal Voting Guide
Visit Vote411.org to get consolidated voting information.
Need a reminder to vote? Are you continuing to vote in your home state and want the latest election information for your state?
Register now! TurboVote will send you email or text reminders for wherever you are registered to vote.
Candidates and amendments and initiatives, oh my! Overwhelmed by the number or issues you see on Colorado ballots? Here are some resources you may find useful:
- The Colorado League of Women Voters has developed an excellent nonpartisan resource - check it out here.
- The 2018 Citizens Project Voter Guide is also available online and can be found here, and has a video of a recent candidate forum on Youtube here.
- The Colorado Springs Gazette has put together its own voting guide, which you can find here.
- The Colorado Springs Independent endorsements are here.
Registered to vote in a different state and want to better understand the issues on your ballot? Visit www.vote411.org for all the election information you need!
Q: How do I get my ballot?
A: If you’re registered 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.
Q: How do I return my ballot?
A: You can either mail in your ballot, return it at the nearest Ballot Drop Off site, or submit it the day of the election (November 6th) at the nearest Voter Service and Polling Center. Click here to locate the most convenient Ballot Drop Off sites and Voter Service and Polling Centers.
Q: If I don't vote on a candidate or question, will my other votes still be counted?
Q: What kinds of ID can I use to vote?
A: If you are a first-time voter in Colorado, you may need to include a photocopied picture of your CC Gold Card along with your ballot, which also serves as ID if you vote in-person.
Q: If I didn't vote in the last election, am I still registered to vote?
A: Yes, though you should check the here to ensure your voter information is current.
Is there an issue or candidate you are passionate about and want to volunteer? There are many opportunities for you to make a difference!
Generally, political parties can get you connected to the candidate(s) or issue(s) for which you'd like to volunteer. If you need additional help, please contact the CCE@coloradocollege.edu.
Qualified Political Organization
Have you ever wondered how an issue ends up on the ballot? You can learn the all about the process here.