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Getting Involved in the Issues - During and Beyond Elections

While we frequently experience an uptick in engagement around big elections, it is important to remember that in order for change to be long-term and lasting engagement should be sustained past election day.

To that end, we encourage you to get involved and take an active part in creating the change you want to see and have compiled these suggestions and ideas of how to do that while a student at CC.

  • During the Election
  • Beyond the Election

During the Election

There are still many ways to get involved in the 2020 Election, including working with CC Votes to support Get Out The Vote efforts, joining dialogue spaces, and collecting/dropping off ballots. As a reminder, if you are planning on engaging and/or voting in-person, please follow the CCE's COVID-19 guidelines.

CC VOTES Activities and Reminders

Vote Early Day October 24

Saturday is National Early Voting Day! We encourage everyone to mail their ballot or take it to a drop box. CC Votes will be partnering with Outdoor Education to host a "Bike your Ballot" event at 1 p.m. Saturday. We'll be using Outdoor Ed. E-bikes to take our ballots to the downtown dropbox, and make a stop for ice cream on the way back. For more information, email j_hanafee@coloradocollege.edu

Ballot Collection in Worner Campus Center

Starting on October 26, CC Votes will be offering ballot collection every day from noon to 3 p.m. in Worner. They will also be offering troubleshooting and support for any voting issues folks may have.

Voting Shuttle on Election Day

CC Votes and Campus Activities will be offering a shuttle on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You must sign up ahead of time to secure a spot: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050948acac2ca6f49-election

General 2020 Election Reminders and Deadlines
  • Oct. 26 is the last day to register to vote in Colorado and receive a ballot in advance. After this date, you may register and vote in person up until Election Day.

  • Oct. 26 is also the last day to mail your ballot. After this date, you must take your ballot to a dropbox.

Beyond the Election

Below are long-term engagement opportunities available:

  • Collaborative for Community Engagement Co-op issue-based coalitions: Join an issue-based coalition to get connected to projects and volunteer opportunities with peers interested in issues that you are! These coalitions are great spaces to build community with other passionate students to do collective impact work before, throughout, and after the election. Sign up for one of 10 issue-based coalitions here: https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/cce/our-work/student-community-engagement/issue-based-coalitions.html
  • Join a non-credit Half-Block course to continue unpacking the election, our political system, and ways you as an individual can create real, lasting change. The CCE's Half-Block course is Moving Beyond the Vote: Understanding Civic Engagement, Political Processes, and Your Role as a Changemaker, and will be facilitated by CCE staff, community members, and CC faculty members. This course asks students to consider the pressing questions posed by esteemed sociologist and community organizer Marshall Ganz: "Who am I, who are we, and where are we now?" Our goal is to help you channel the energy of the election into a renewed commitment to engage, extending your commitment to sustained social or environmental change beyond casting a vote. Registration for Half-Block courses is open.
    • Days/times: January 12 - 22, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Remote engagement opportunities: For election-related volunteer opportunities, check out the CC Votes webpage. To get involved with the community in other ways, check out the CCE's remote engagement document.
  • Student organizations:
    • If your student organization would like to have a staff member come and help facilitate a processing space after the election, please reach out to Campus Activities to coordinate or to the desired office/staff member directly.
    • If your student organization would like to brainstorm ways to support the election, and/or ways to support current issues through distanced or virtual engagement work, please reach out to the CCE. (cce@coloradocollege.edu)
  • Create Your Post-Election Empowerment Plan (printable pdf)

Post-Election Empowerment Plan Post-Election Empowerment Plan (1)

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