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Authors: Jesse McLain

Steve Siedow will not ignore his basic rights.

Siedow is a registered Colorado voter and a senior biology major

at CSU.

“College students don’t respect what it has taken to get the

privilege to vote,” Siedow said. “I will base my vote on each

candidate’s track record. I think family values are important

too.”

With primaries coming up next week and the United States General

Election less than 90 days away, college students may be wondering

if it is too late to get involved or if their vote will really make

a difference.

“We live in a society that is becoming increasingly apathetic,”

said Bradley MacDonald, associate professor in the political

science department. “But college students’ votes do make a

difference; it can add up.”

As a teacher, MacDonald tries to make sure his students

appreciate their basic individual rights. MacDonald also believes

the upcoming election will be one in which students may be likely

to take an active interest.

“9/11 has recharged people’s political batteries,” MacDonald

said. “The war has implications that people are taking an interest

in. If the draft is reinstated these will be the people

affected.”

Siedow believes that in some ways organizing the college vote is

nearly impossible.

“I think it’s a hopeless cause. Any extra effort you ask people

to give it’s going to be difficult to get them to do it,” Siedow

said. “Students need more immediate results so they see how it

benefits them directly.”

According to Declare Yourself Communication Director Christy

Salcido, only 32 percent of the 18- to 24-year-old population voted

in the 2000 election.

“I think a lot has transpired in the country since the last

election,” Salcido said. “Young people have woken up.”

Declareyourself.com is one of several nonprofit and non-partisan

organizations aimed at energizing to youth vote.

“I think young people should focus on the issues. I would remind

them of the 2000 election,” Salcido said. “They should be part of a

movement. We are very lucky to have the right to vote.”

Colorado voter registration forms are available online through a

variety of servers, including declareyourself.com. According to the

State of Colorado Voter Registration Application form, a voter must

be a U.S. citizen; be 18 years of age before the election date;

reside in Colorado for at least 30 days; and submit his or her

registration form no later than 29 days before the election in

which he or she wishes to vote.

For those registering for the first time, a copy of a form of

identification is required within their voter application and when

they arrive at the polls on Election Day. Anyone with addition

questions should contact the Elections Division of the Larimer

County Clerk and Recorder at (970) 498 7820 or visit the Web site

http://www.co.larimer.co.us/elections.

Salcido is careful to remember that registration is just the

first step.

“Right now everything is about registration,” Salcido said.

“It’s one thing to register but then you actually have to show up

at the polls.”

TEXT BOX:

TITLE- VALID FORMS OF ID FOR VOTER REGISTRATION AND ELECTION

DAY

*A valid Colorado driver’s license; or

*A valid Colorado Department of Revenue identification card;

or

*A valid U.S. passport; or

*A valid pilot’s license with photograph issued by the Federal

Aviation Administration; or

*A valid employee identification with a photograph issued by the

U.S. government, Colorado state government, or any county,

municipality, board, authority or other political subdivision of

the state; or

*A valid U.S. military identification card with photograph;

or

*A copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check,

paycheck or other governmental document that shows the name and

address of the elector; or

*At least the last four digits of the person’s Social Security

number.

(according to the State of Colorado Voter Registration

Application Form

TITLE- 2004 PRIMARY ELECTION VOTE CENTERS IN FORT COLLINS

(election will be held Tuesday August 10, 2004)

University Park Holiday Inn

425 W. Prospect Rd.

Ft. Collins, CO 80526

Faith Evangelical Free Church

3920 S. Shields St.

Ft. Collins, CO 80526

Christ Center Community Church

2700 S. Lemay Ave.

Ft. Collins, CO 80525

American Legion Post 4

2124 N. US Hwy 287

Fort Collins, CO. 80524

Plaza Inn

3709 E. Mulberry St.

Ft. Collins, CO. 80524

Redeemer Lutheran Church

7755 Greenstone Trail

Ft. Collins, CO. 80525

City of Ft. Collins- Street Facility

625 9th Street

Ft. Collins, CO. 80524

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