Purpose: This page is to provide High School Voter Registration Liaisons and all student voter registration champions (students, parents, and organizations) with a one-stop shop for resources to promote voter registration in Boulder County High Schools.
Voter Registration begins in High School
Colorado allows and encourages voter pre-registration beginning at the age of 16. Additional requirements to register include:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a Colorado resident for at least 22 days before the election
- Must not be serving a sentence of confinement or detention for a felony conviction (Note: Those on probation or parole are eligible to vote.)
High School Voter Registration Liaison
Yes, it’s true. Colorado election law states that every public high school principal needs to appoint a staff person to help citizens register to vote while on school grounds (this person is referred to in statute as a “high school deputy registrar’’). In Boulder County, we refer to this position as our High School Voter Registration Liaison.
Voter Registration Liaison Training and Documentation
- Attend/watch voter registration training: Voter registration training is complete after an appointed liaison either attends a live webinar (times/dates emailed to schools) or by watching the training online (18-minutes).
- Complete this high school voter registration liaison template letter designating a Voter Registration Liaison for your high school. The letter must be on high school letterhead and signed by the principal. It can be emailed to: Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org
- Oath of Office: Contact our office by email or by phone at 303-413-7740 to have the High School Deputy Registrar / Voter Registration Liaison Oath of Office emailed to you and to arrange a time to conduct the oath verbally over the phone or in-person.
Student Voter Registration Week and our #IMaVOTER Program
Due to a recent change in Colorado law, youth who will turn 18-year-olds by November 3, 2020 are now eligible to vote in primary elections this year. This means that the vast majority of Colorado high school seniors can cast ballots in both the March 3 Presidential Primary and the June 30 Statewide Primary.
To help raise awareness of the ability of seniors to vote in March and beyond, Boulder Valley School District and St. Vrain Valley School District both passed resolutions in support of February 3rd – February 7th being “High School Student Voter Registration Awareness Week.” The resolutions have been posted here: BVSD Resolution and SVVSD Resolution.
Boulder County Elections has also produced posters for our local high schools (links below) with our #IMaVoter High School Voter Registration logo and contact information.
Voter Registration Liaison Resources & Ideas
- Host a Registration Event – Even if you are not collecting paper registration forms, school liaisons can still host a student voter registration event where you provide helpful information to students on how to register and provide registration forms for them to mail or drop off themselves.
- Posters – Download these poster/flyers to advertise voter registration leading up to the March 3 Presidential Primary. Send them home with students and distribute them at parent meetings and other school and sports events. We have three versions: Boulder County poster. Boulder-Broomfield poster. Boulder-Weld poster.
- School Announcements – Short sample announcements to be used for High School Student Voter Registration Awareness week. (link coming soon)
- Boulder Elections 60-second Presidential Primary Election Ad – Show / share / email this short YouTube Ad/PSA to students and their families.
- Ballot processing and election security videos – Find additional short (5 minutes or less) educational videos on the Boulder County Clerk & Recorder’s YouTube channel. And subscribe to receive alerts when new videos or PSAs are posted.
- Social media:
- Our office will be doing a series of social media posts on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook the week of Feb 3-7. We plan to tag the districts (BVSD & SVVSD) and tag some of the high schools directly. Follow our accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and share!
- Post your own photos and videos of students registering to vote, telling us why they are registering, etc. and make sure to tag us plus hashtag #IMaVoter. We’d love to see your on the ground work in action!
- Other opportunities for Voter Registration Awareness Week and beyond:
- In-person presentation – Can an Elections Division staff member come give a short elections presentation to students? An assembly or series of classes (e.g., back to back social studies classes)? We’d love to come to your school! Email us at Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org.
- Assistance with registering voters – If you need or want additional help with registering students to vote, you can reach out to an official Voter Registration Drive organization. Additionally, if the time frame for a VRD organization to register students before an election has passed (22 days before an election), our office may be able to visit and help register students.
- Student Videos –Have students make videos about why “I’m a voter” (I’m a voter because…) or why being a voter is important.
- Art for Democracy – Have an art class design voting-inspired work and share it with us. We’d love to see your creations!