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Have a voice

September 21, 2012
by Sarah Holkum

The Fort Collins community creates a great opportunity for candidates, because of our size and our population of young, eligible voters. As a community, this also presents a great opportunity for ourselves: to have a voice.

So have one. Because on Nov. 6 positions for president, senate and congress will all be appointed, and you will want to have a say for whom they all might be.


Associated Students of Colorado State University (ASCSU) is a helpful resource for students to have an opportunity to voice their opinions with their vote.  

“We are less focused on voter registration and more on voter education,” said Lindon Belshe, ASCSU’s deputy director of Governmental Affairs.

That is why the ASCSU Governmental Affairs has not set a goal for voter registration, and instead, has set a goal for a participation rate of 5-10 percent above the national average - a lofty goal when past participation has typically been around 15 percent below the national average. 


In order to reach such a goal, Belshe is encouraging students to take advantage of the seven organizations that are in partnership with ASCSU and will be on the plaza for the next month registering students to vote and getting them involved in the debates on campus: 

On campus debates (in Clark A):

  • Oct. 9 for Senate District 14
  • Oct. 10 for the Congressional District 2

On campus voter registration (on LSC plaza):

  • Sept. 25  (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • Oct. 9  (last day to register to vote!) 

So, either register online, through the mail or on the plaza in person before Oct. 9 in order to have your say.

 Larimer County eligibility

Larimer County residents are eligible to vote if they:

  • are a United States citizen
  • are 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election
  • have resided in the state and precinct 30 days prior to the election
  • have registered online, dropped off, or postmarked their voter registration by the Oct. 9 deadline