VOTING AND CIVICS
Public Service Leadership. What does that mean to you?
Democratic systems require participation. Results are more representative of our communities when community members are engaged and involved in decision making. At Colorado State University, we believe that our students are both current and future civic leaders. At that the State of Colorado, and Country, are well served when students from across the political spectrum choose to engage, listen, and participate in our democracy. There are many ways to get involved. Some of those examples are outlined below. Most importantly, we ask that you stay informed and vote.
Local Involvement in Your Community:
Getting involved locally is a great way to have an immediate impact on your community.
Volunteer with a Non-Profit: Consider volunteering for a non-profit organization. Not sure where to find out relevant information? Often, your local Chamber of Commerce or civic and service organizations (like United Way, Rotary, or Lions) are a good broker of information and place to start.
City or Town: Local Governments are a fundamental component of American Democracy. Local Governments have many key roles: they make sure the lights turn on and that water comes out of the faucet. They oversee local building development, public safety, and maintain our parks and open spaces. Want to find a way to get involved here in Fort Collins? See below for options.
City Council meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. to discuss community items of importance. Interested in a specific discussion item? Please check past and present agenda items and past Council meetings here: https://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/agendas.php/agendas.php. Contact information for the City Council can be found here: https://www.fcgov.com/council/contact-us.php, along with a livestream of the live meeting on Tuesday evenings here: https://www.fcgov.com/fctv/.
Boards and Commissions. With close to 30 Boards and Commissions, serving on one is a great way to learn more about your local community and provide your input to decisions being made. https://www.fcgov.com/cityclerk/boards
Volunteer. The City of Fort Collins has over 1,000 volunteers who help with City operations, events, and more. Some of those volunteers are students who have worked with a CSU Department to turn their volunteer position into a for-credit internship. Current opportunities can be found here: https://www.fcgov.com/volunteer/directory. The City uses a digital portal called ENGAGE to manage volunteer opportunities and public engagement efforts. To create an account or sign-in, please visit: https://engage.fcgov.com/Login.
Intern. For decades, CSU students have completed internships with the City of Fort Collins in a variety of fields: City Management, Budgeting, Human Resources, Engineering, Adaptive Recreation, and more. Please consult with your College Career Advisor about opportunities in your field of study, and don’t forget to visit the Career Center: https://career.colostate.edu/job-internship-search/ and Straayer Center for Public Service Leadership: https://polisci.colostate.edu/straayer-center-programs-and-internships/#noco
County Governments play a critical role in our civic systems, often overseeing Public Health, Social Service delivery, and Criminal Justice at the local level. The Board of County Commissioners meets throughout the week, and that schedule can be found here: https://www.larimer.org/bocc. The County also has around 30 Boards and Commissions, which can be found here: https://www.larimer.org/boards
State & Federal Opportunities:
Opportunities exist with both State and Federal Government to stay informed, work with elected officials, and work with agencies and departments.
State Government: Visit https://leg.colorado.gov/ to find your legislator, watch or listen to a hearing, or explore the budget. The Colorado General Assembly meets every January through May for the Legislative Session. Interested in learning more about the legislative process or interning at the State Capitol? The CSU Legislative Internship has connected students to internships in Denver for over 40 years: https://polisci.colostate.edu/straayer-center-programs-and-internships/#legislative
Federal Government: Washington D.C. might be over 1,500 miles away, but there are still ways to get involved locally. Congressman Joe Neguse (https://neguse.house.gov/) , Senator Cory Gardner (https://www.gardner.senate.gov/), and Senator Michael Bennet (https://www.bennet.senate.gov/public/) all have local offices in Fort Collins, and regularly hire CSU interns. In addition, the newly formed CSU in D.C. Program allows undergraduate students to register for 15 credits through CSU while working and interning in the nation’s capitol. For more information about that program, please visit: https://polisci.colostate.edu/straayer-center-programs-and-internships/#dc. Not sure who your Congressional Representative is? Please visit: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
- Are you a Colorado resident who wants to check their voting registration or register to vote online? Please visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office for more information: https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterHome.html?
- Voting on Campus can be conducted at Durrell Hall while the polling station in the LSC in under construction. https://source.colostate.edu/durrell-to-serve-as-voter-service-and-polling-center-for-2020-presidential-primary/
- Vote in person or via mail! Questions about voting locally? Please contact the Larimer County Clerk at: https://www.larimer.org/clerk/elections
- Not from Colorado but interested in learning more about Absentee Voting or Voting By Mail in Your Home State? Please visit: https://www.usa.gov/absentee-voting
- Rams Vote! Contact ASCSU, Register to Vote, and more at: https://ascsu.colostate.edu/register-to-vote/
- Find your State of Local Election Office Website: https://www.usa.gov/election-office