Ah, the excitement of your 18th birthday!
Finally, you are considered an adult, at least sometimes. The world spreads before you. You can legally buy cigarettes and porn. Legally serve in the military. Legally vote. (OK, so maybe it's not as exciting as your 16th or 21st birthday, but still.)
About that voting thing. Statistics show that few young people bother to go to the polls. Some say teens are simply too spoiled and entitled to appreciate the sacrifices made by so many to ensure our Democratic society. But, having been 18 myself once, I'm guessing there are other factors at play. Namely: Who has the time to vote when there are so many incredible parties to go to?
Never fear, young 'uns. The county will now allow 17-year-olds who will be 18 by Election Day to register to vote ahead of time. This is simple stuff. You can register online. Your ballot is mailed to you. You simply fill out the bubbles and mail it back. Piece of cake.
Don't know much about politics? Keep an eye on the Indy. We'll be covering the lead-up to the election and offering a voting guide (cheat sheet).
Welcome to adulthood, young Americans.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR 17-YEAR OLDS WHO WANT TO VOTE
DON’T WAIT UNTIL ELECTION DAY!
May 24, 2012 – Colorado Springs, CO – Teens who are age 17 and will be 18 on or before Election Day are encouraged to register in advance of this year’s elections in order to be eligible to vote. They must be registered 29 days prior to the election even if they will not be 18 until Election Day. This applies to both the Primary Election on June 26 and the General Election on November 6. Colorado law allows for pre-registration for individuals who are 17 years old a year prior to the election in which they want to cast a ballot.
The Primary Election is an all-mail election and the ballot will not be mailed to the teen voter until they turn 18. After they have turned 18, the ballot will be mailed to them automatically. For the General Election they will not be able to receive a mail-in ballot until they actually turn 18. They will not be able to vote early until they have had their 18th birthday. However, if they wait until Election Day to register it will be too late and they will not be able to cast a ballot. They must be registered for 29 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote.
There are three ways to register to vote:
· Register to vote online at www.GoVoteColorado.com
· Register in person at any of the four Clerk & Recorder’s Office locations:
o North Branch—Union Town Center – 8830 N. Union Blvd. (Research Pkwy. and Union Blvd.)
o Main Office—Citizens Service Center – 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road, Suite 2202
o Downtown Central—Centennial Hall – 200 S. Cascade Ave., lower level (Cascade Ave. and Vermijo)
o Southeast Branch –5650 Industrial Place (Powers and Airport)
· Download a Colorado Voter Registration Form from the website www.GoVoteColorado.com and submit it to the Clerk & Recorder’s Office by mail (must be postmarked by May 29, 2012), fax, or scan and return it by email (must be received by the Election Department by 11:59 p.m. on May 29)
Fax: (719) 520-7327
Mail: Election Department
PO Box 2007
Colorado Springs, CO 80901
More information about the 2012 Primary and Presidential Elections can be found at http://car.elpasoco.com/election.