High School Resources
Boulder County’s High School Voter Registration Program
Boulder County Elections partners with public high schools in the Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley School Districts to promote high school student voter registration.
As a state, Colorado values and promotes youth voter participation. Students as young as 16 can pre-register to vote and Colorado always features strong youth voter turnout (see resources for data).
In Colorado, every high school is required to appoint a Voter Registration Liaison to assist with voter registration on school grounds. We work with BVSD and SVVSD high schools to identify, train, and provide resources for these Liaisons as they seek to promote awareness about voter registration and democratic engagement at their schools.
Students/teachers/parents – Not sure who your voter registration liaison is? Ask your principal or contact us! We welcome you to join us in our efforts to grow voters among the youth in Boulder County.
High School Voter Registration Liaison
Colorado Election Law (Title 1, Article 2, Part 4, 1-2-402 and 1-2-403) states that every public high school principal needs to appoint a staff person to help citizens register to vote while on school grounds. This person is referred to in statute as a “high school deputy registrar,” but in Boulder County we refer to them as a High School Voter Registration Liaison. This person is trained in voter registration basics by their county clerk’s office.
Typical examples of staff members who take on this role include civics, social studies, or similar teachers or high school administrators or guidance counselors.
The Liaison promotes and encourages voter registration or preregistration of all eligible students and school employees by making registration forms and information available at school during open hours for classes or at other school events available on school grounds.
The Liaison is the “go to” person in the school who helps to register and preregister eligible voters by:
- answering questions;
- making voter registration forms available and sharing the online voter registration link www.GoVoteColorado.gov;
- checking and validating registration paperwork for accuracy and completeness (when possible and as appropriate);
- forwarding the registration paperwork to Boulder County Clerk and Recorder’s office.
Once you have been appointed as a Voter Registration Liaison by your school’s principal, you must complete the following steps:
Step 1: Contact the Vote Center and Outreach Supervisor for a link to the Liaison Training Class. It takes about 15-30 minutes to complete the training program.
Step 2: Review the resources provided for what would be useful for your school. We have sample school announcements, class presentations, and more.
Step 3: Send any completed paperwork from the class to Vote@BoulderCounty.gov and set up a time to be sworn in as a High School Voter Registration Liaison.
Step 4: Complete your oath as a High School Voter Registration Liaison.
Student Democracy Program
The Boulder County Elections runs a Student Judge program in which local high school students aged 16 and 17 are encouraged to apply for a PAID position monitoring and administering this year’s Coordinated Election.
Student Election Judges assist experienced election judges in one of our four vote centers, gaining valuable firsthand experience in the elections process. This civic public service experience looks great on applications and resumes!
Resources & Ideas to Promote High School Voter Registration
Student Voter Registration Awareness Week & Beyond
- Promote High School Student Voter Registration Awareness Week by making daily announcements via loud speaker or video presentation that week. Sample announcements here.
- Post the flyers in school, send them directly home with students and/or parents (flyers are also provided to liaisons upon request):
- Student Newspaper and Media Clubs – Reach out to us to schedule an interview! We’d love to talk about why youth registration and voting is so important. Contact info below.
- Invite us to help do a voter registration table during lunch or to do a short classroom presentation. Contact info below.
- Liaisons – Present to your students anytime on voter registration basics. See our 45 minute and 15-minute versions template presentations available through the online portal (see your email for platform access or get in touch).
- Follow our Social Media accounts and share our posts leading up to the election. We’ll tag your school. Let us know if you’d like us to tag your personal account too! We are on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Boulder County Elections Videos
Share these short videos with your class to help them learn more about elections in Boulder County:
Classroom Education Resources
- 2020 National Youth Turnout Data – Tufts University: Center for information & research on civic learning and engagement – State-by-State 020 Youth Voter Turnout: West and Southwest report
- 2020 Colorado County-by-County Youth turnout data (includes 17-year-old participation for primaries) – Data compiled by Denver Elections covering youth turnout for the 2000 Presidential Primary, 2000 June Statewide Primary, and 2000 General Election.
- Colorado County Clerks Association – Additional educational information on how elections are run in Colorado, including commonly asked questions
- Voter Registration Form – English
- Voter Registration Form – Spanish
- Colorado Secretary of State Eliza Pickrell Routt Award – Information for high schools to apply for an award for their registration efforts given out annually by the Secretary of State’s office
High School Elections Contact
Please get in touch so we can support your voter registration efforts!
Nic Abruscato, Vote Center & Outreach Supervisor