Oct 072010
 
Authors: Jordyn Dahl

CSU proved its voter superiority over CU-Boulder this year when the rival schools competed to see which student government could register more voters for the November election.
CSU registered 2,330, while CU registered 1,800.

“It shows our students are civically engaged,” said Community Affairs Director Chase Eckerdt.
The Associated Students of CSU started a new campaign process this year to register more students by partnering with Rock the Vote to give students online access to registration. Rock the Vote is an organization founded to get younger generations involved in elections.

The partnership is the first of it’s kind at CSU, said Public Relations Director Amy Lamb.
ASCSU officials said the administration’s support increased voter registration, with President Tony Frank sending out an e-mail to campus encouraging students to register. The e-mail included a link directing students to the Rock the Vote website.

“That e-mail shows the administration’s dedication to civic engagement,” said newly elected Elections Manager Andrew Ives. Ives previously served as associate director of community affairs.
Registration numbers doubled after the e-mail was sent out on Oct. 1, three days before the registration deadline.

ASCSU is now focused on the education side of the voting process and looks to get student input on the city tax that will be on the November ballot.

The new tax rate would increase 0.85 percent on sales tax if passed and would affect the amount students pay each year.

ASCSU will be hosting a forum tomorrow in the plaza from 10 to 11 a.m. to educate students on the issue.

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

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