Sep 072010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

With Election Day just around the corner, student government has teamed up with Rock the Vote, an organization founded to get younger generations involved in elections, to get CSU students registered and pumped about politics.

The partnership comes at a time when Larimer County and the 4th Congressional District is neither red nor blue, but rather purple as a result of its diverse voter population and competing candidates.

The Associated Student of CSU is hoping that the partnership will give students a better grasp of the upcoming elections, the candidates and the opportunities they have to get signed up to vote through an online or paper-based registration system.

One of the hottest seats up for grabs is a spot in the U.S. House of
Representatives, which is currently held by Betsy Markey and being fought for by Corey Gardner, a state representative from Yuma.

The U.S. Senate race between incumbent Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican challenger Ken Buck, who currently serves as a Weld County’s district attorney, is also highly contested.

Among those big-ticket races is the gubernatorial showdown between Dan Maes, Tom Tancredo and John Hickenlooper, as well as a slew of smaller state government seats.

ASCSU is pushing for increased student involvement in the political process because of the pivotal nature of this year’s election and the effects it will have on the job market and the economy.

“Telling people to participate is critical,” said Cooper Anderson, president of ASCSU, adding that the more students the organization can involve the better.

To amp up numbers, ASCSU is working to train diversity offices around campus to register students, said Andrew Ives, associate director of
Community Affairs.

The organization, too, will send out a campus-wide e-mail with information on how to register, which includes a link to the Rock the
Vote website where students can register.

Students who have moved since their initial registration need to re-register at their new address to be eligible to vote.

To become a registered voter visit the ASCSU office in room 109 of the Lory Student Center, its table on the LSC Plaza or go online at http://www.ascsu.colostate.edu and click on the link “Register to vote.”

ASCSU Beat Reporter Jordyn Dahl can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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