Voting is an important way to make your voice heard and participate in the democratic process. This November, we will be electing the United States president, a number of senators and members of the United States House of Representatives. We are even electing 3 of the 9 members of the Board of Regents here at CU. In order to prepare for the upcoming election, there are some important things to keep in mind.
Make sure you're ready for the general election
- In-state students: If you plan to vote (either in Boulder or your home county) please register or confirm your registration. Make sure your ballot mailing address is up to date.
- Out-of-state students: You may choose either to request an absentee ballot from your home state or to register to vote in Boulder County.
- Students living on campus: Whether voting in Colorado or via absentee ballot from your home state, there is a specific way you must list your on-campus address in your voter registration so your ballot can find you. Visit Boulder County’s Student Voting Guidelines page for instructions.
- Faculty, staff and community members: Register to vote or confirm your registration. Double check that your ballot mailing address is up to date.
In-person registration and voting
Starting Oct. 19, you can visit the UMC Vote Center to register, vote in person, or call ahead to order your ballot to-go. For the last two days of the election, Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, an additional Vote Center will be open at Williams Village for in-person registration, voting in person or picking up your ballot to-go. (See the Boulder County elections page for details closer to the election.)
Tune into the political debates
In every election season, there are times for both vice presidential and presidential candidates to debate on different political topics. We encourage all students living on-campus to join our residence hall virtual watch parties. By watching the debates, you will be able to hear the views of each side and decide in a non-biased way who you want to vote for in November.
- Vice Presidential Debate: Oct. 7 - 7 p.m.
- Second Presidential Debate: Oct. 15 - 7 p.m.
- Third Presidential Debate: Oct. 22 - 7 p.m.
Participate in Voting Spirit Days
Every Tuesday, from now until election day on Nov. 3, we encourage students, faculty and staff to wear their best voting pride shirts! Help keep the conversation going and encourage your friends to get out and vote this November! Just make sure that when you do go to vote, don’t wear any partisan clothing to the polls or you may not be allowed to enter the polling place.
Interested in elections? Get the inside scoop
Boulder County is hiring paid temporary election workers for the upcoming general election. Successful elections are a community effort, and your help is needed now more than ever! Multiple positions available with varying time commitments (as little as 2–3 days). Learn more and apply.