Boulder County’s High School Voter Registration Program
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.