Following the DHS event, LWV La Plata held Voter Registration & Information events
at Bayfield High School, Ignacio High School and the Durango Adult Education Center.
At Bayfield High School, our two Fort Lewis College student volunteers, Gillian Bynum and Jackson Berridge, presented to six Government and History classes, providing information about the importance of voting and how to register to vote for the upcoming 2020 elections.
At Ignacio High School and the Durango Adult Education Center, the League had a voter registration and information table set up. At Ignacio High School, students in a Civics class were given extra credit for registering to vote!
Many people were not aware that 17-year olds turning 18 by November 3rd can vote in all Primary Elections in 2020, so we were helpful in educating students and faculty about this recent provision.
In addition to assisting students with registering, we were also able to assist with address changes, getting ballots re-sent when the first ballot was never received, etc.
Recent changes to the Colorado Election Law:
16- and 17-year-old citizens are permitted to register to vote if they have a driver’s license or a Colorado ID although they may not vote in a General Election until 18 years of age. Most of these new voters will be registered when they get their driver’s license.
Exception to the above statement: A 17-year old citizen who is registered to vote may vote in the upcoming Presidential Primary on March 3, 2020 and the Colorado Primary on June 30,2020 if they will be 18 by the General Election on November 3, 2020.