CSU, Larimer County offer voting resources for students

Peyton Dailey

With spooky season coming to a close, it’s time to turn the focus to voting season. Election Day is Nov. 6, and if you haven’t voted yet, there are a number of on and off-campus resources available to help students register and get ready to vote. 

One of those is the Early Voting Center, located on the third floor the Lory Student Center in the North Ballroom, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here, students can register to vote, vote in-peson, change their addresses and drop off mail-in ballots up until Election Day at 7 p.m. County Clerk Angela Myers encourages students to vote early, as Colorado State University has one of the busier voting centers on Election Day.

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Myers also said if Larimer County receives more than 20,000 ballots on Election Day, election results will not be delivered that night. The ballots will then continue to be counted through the next day.

In addition to the on-campus voting center, other service and polling centers are available at the Larimer County Courthouse, Loveland Police & Courts Building, Council Tree Covenant Church, Clearwater Church, Drake Centre, Elks Lodge and Estes Park Municipal Building.

Of those, 24-hour drop-off locations include the Larimer County Courthouse, Loveland Vehicle Licensing Branch Office and Estes Park Vehicle Licensing Branch. Myers said she wants to remind students receiving mail-in ballots to be sure to remove the orange stub from the top of the ballot before dropping it off.

Voting Requirements:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Be 18 years old on or before Nov. 6, Election Day.
  • Reside in Colorado at least 22 days before the election.

How to register:

  • Online at www.govotecolorado.com. Your application must be submitted no later than 8 days before an election.
  • In person at a county voter registration office, or a Voter Service and Polling Center at any time, including Election Day.

For students voting out of state, Myers said it is important to note that voting in two states is illegal, and it’s also illegal for someone else, including parents, to sign their ballot.

voting stickers
Voting stickers lay on a table outside of the North Ballroom in the Lory Student Center for voters to take after they have summited their ballot. (Matt Begeman | Collegian)

If students plan to vote in their home state, their parents can have their ballots mailed to them, or they can change their address on campus to receive their ballot in the mail.

Isabel Van Dyke, a sophomore political science major, is registered to vote in her home state, Illinois. 

“Being an out-of-state voter seems like it may take a lot of work, but it’s fairly simple,” Van Dyke said. “You just request an absentee ballot and you can send your ballot in by mail.”

With Election Day five days away, Myers emphasized the importance of this process.

“I always say value your voting privilege. It’s just so important that your voice is heard,” Myers said. “Voting in incredibly important, regardless of where you do it because it is your civic duty and an essential part of maintaining a healthy democracy.”

Peyton Dailey can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @peyton_dailey_.

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