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What New Era didn’t tell students about voter registration

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

Election day is upon us, and the tireless efforts of New Era to get students registered to vote are finally going to come to fruition.


Not only did New Era relentlessly promote voter registration to the students of Colorado State University, they encouraged us to send our ballots to Fort Collins. This makes it easier for us to vote and increases the likelihood that we will make the effort to vote. 

New Era told us to send our ballots to Fort Collins, but they did not inform us that our Democratic votes are not going to make much of a difference here.

CSU’s campus and the City of Fort Collins in general is more Democratic and unaffiliated than Republican.

We sit in Colorado’s second congressional district, which is made up of the counties of Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer, Summit and Park. This district has not voted Republican since 1972.

The truth is students who vote Democrat could have made their vote matter more by keeping their ballots at home and voting in districts where the race is closer.

For example, a poll released by the Coffman Campaign revealed that in Colorado’s sixth district, Democrat Jason Crow is only one percent ahead in the race against Republican opponent Mike Coffman. For Democratic students who have a home address or mailing address in the sixth district, their vote could have made a serious difference.

Seeing New Era on campus probably makes a lot of us excited to vote for what might possibly be the first time.

And we have done exactly what they told us to do.

We changed our ballots so we could vote in Colorado’s second district. We changed our ballots to come to a district that is going to vote Democrat no matter how we vote.


According to, there are more Republican counties in Colorado and only four pivot counties. This means that these four counties voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, but voted for Donald Trump in 2016.

gain, for students who live in these districts, their vote could have made an impact in swaying their county.

If students know where their vote is going to make the most impact from the start, they will have time to either go home and vote, or have family members send their ballot to them.

It’s true that New Era should not ask students where they’re from, or encourage them to vote in a certain district. However, New Era can provide information about more than just local candidates and how to register.

They can provide students with information about districts, parties and voting history without necessarily encouraging anything. 

This year, students and young people are voting more than ever before, and we should all applaud and thank New Era for helping us get our voices out there.

But if student voting is skyrocketing, then we should take advantage of our unique ability to vote in a different district if our votes are not beneficial to our party in Fort Collins.

New Era has told students that voting is how we voice our opinions, but they failed to mention that where we vote is how we are heard.

Katrina Leibee can be reached at or Twitter @KatrinaLeibee.

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Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief
Katrina Leibee is serving as The Rocky Mountain Collegian's editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year. Leibee started at The Collegian during the fall of her freshman year writing for the opinion desk. She then moved up to assistant opinion editor and served as the opinion director for the 2020-21 academic year. Leibee is a journalism and political science double major, but her heart lies in journalism. She enjoys writing, editing and working with a team of people to create the paper more than anything. Ask anyone, Leibee loves her job at The Collegian and believes in the great privilege and opportunity that comes with holding a job like this. The biggest privilege is getting to work with a team of such smart, talented editors, writers, photographers and designers. The most important goal Leibee has for her time as editor in chief is to create change, and she hopes her and her staff will break the status quo for how The Collegian has previously done things and for what a college newspaper can be. From creating a desk dedicated entirely to cannabis coverage to transitioning the paper into an alt-weekly, Leibee hopes she can push the boundaries of The Collegian and make it a better paper for its readers and its staff. Leibee is not one to accept a broken system, sit comfortably inside the limits or repeat the words, "That's the way we've always done things." She is a forward thinker with a knack for leadership, and she has put together the best staff imaginable to bring The Collegian to new heights.

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