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High School Resources
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High School Resources

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Boulder County Elections partners with public high schools in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain School Districts to promote high school student voter registration. As a state, Colorado values and promotes youth voter participation, as reflected in our high ranking on facilitative election laws. Students as young as 16 can pre-register to vote, and 17-year-olds can participate in primary elections if they will turn 18 by the following general election. (Other eligibility requirements also apply.)

In Colorado, every high school is required to appoint a Voter Registration Liaison to assist with voter registration on school grounds. We work with BVSD and SVVSD high schools to identify, train, and provide resources for these Liaisons as they seek to promote awareness about voter registration and democratic engagement at their schools.

In Boulder County, only 62% of youth (ages 18-29) were registered to vote in 2018. Nationwide, the majority of people report that they have never been asked to register to vote, and only 6% said they were asked at school or as part of class.

Research shows that voter registration is the biggest hurdle: the vast majority of youth who are registered to vote will end up voting. Studies also show that active efforts to grow voters – for example, through education about elections and voting – increase students’ lifelong civic participation.

We welcome you to join us in our efforts to grow voters among the youth in Boulder County.

High School Voter Registration Liaison

Colorado Election Law (Title 1, Article 2, Part 4, 1-2-402 and 1-2-403) 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,” but in Boulder County we refer to them as a High School Voter Registration Liaison. This person is trained in voter registration basics by their county clerk’s office.

Typical examples of staff members who take on this role include civics, social studies, or similar teachers or high school administrators or guidance counselors.

The Liaison promotes and encourages voter registration or preregistration of all eligible students and school employees by making it available on school grounds when school is open for classes or at other school events.

The Liaison is the “go to” person in the school who helps to register and preregister eligible voters by:

  • answering questions;
  • making voter registration forms available and sharing the online voter registration link www.GoVoteColorado.gov;
  • checking and validating registration paperwork for accuracy and completeness (when possible and as appropriate);
  • forwarding the registration paperwork to Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office.

Once you have been appointed as a Voter Registration Liaison by your school’s principal, you must complete the following steps:

Step 1: Watch this online Voter Registration Liaison Training

Step 2: Complete this template letter. Must be on school letterhead & signed by the principal. Email completed letter to Vote@BoulderCountyVotes.org.

Step 3: Oath of Office – email us for the form and to arrange a time to complete the oath over the phone.

Eliza Pickrell Routt Award

Recognizing high schools that have registered 85% or more of their seniors.

Apply Here

Resources & Ideas to Promote High School Voter Registration

Resources for the 2020 General Election on Nov 3

  • Make sure the posters & rack cards we send to your schools are posted and visible
  • Download our HS Voter Registration Presentation – walk your class through the why/how of the voting process in Boulder County (including registration): 45 minute and 15-minute versions available
  • Follow our Social Media accounts and share our posts leading up to the election. We’ll tag your school. Let us know if you’d like us to tag your personal account too! Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Partner with an organization to do a Virtual Voter Registration Drive (contact us for info).

Boulder County Elections Videos

Share these short videos with your class to help them learn more about elections in Boulder County:

Classroom Resources

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Elections Division

303-413-7740

303-413-7728 (Fax)

Email
www.BoulderCountyVotes.org

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