High School Registrars
High School Registrars are essential to the voter registration process. It is the intent to promote and encourage voter registration to all and to provide convenient registration procedures for qualified high school students, employees and other persons.
Every Colorado high school is required by law to designate a staff member to be trained in Voter Registration. The training course in Mesa County consists of this handbook and a hands-on training at the Election’s office going over the voter registration form and answering questions.
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 statue as a "high school deputy registrar''). This person is trained in voter registration basics by their county clerk's office. Training varies by county but is typically either a short in-person training (30 minutes), short online video or webinar, or a package of physical materials, such as a training handbook, sent to the designated high school staff member. The county clerk maintains a list of local high schools and their appointed high school registration designated staff members (sometimes referred to as a voter registration liaison or deputy registrar) and the Clerk's office acts as a resource for all voter registration questions.
A high school can have more than one designee trained in voter registration.
Programs at school that encourage civics and voting give students an opportunity to engage as leaders within the school and community. In Colorado, we have recognized the importance of engaging our youth participating in voting and have seen the benefit of high schools role in that development. Democracy depends on participation.
Much of this success is because of our education system, dedicated high school registrars, and the continued growth of our youth.
Click here to review Mesa County Elections, 2021 Season, Deputy High School Registrar Handbook.
Eliza Pickrell Routt Award - High School Voter Registration Challenge
The Colorado Secretary of State encourages peer to peer non-partisan voter registration, participation and civic engagement. Through peer to peer registration, you can earn your school the Colorado Secretary of State’s Eliza Pickrell Routt Award.
There are two options to get started in your voter registration efforts:
- Register eligible students on standard Colorado registration forms and online without training, a special number or special URL.
- Register as a Voter Registration Drive (VRD);
Provides online training for both organizers and circulators
Training updated yearly to stay current with Legislative changes
Custom URL for online registration
Tracking and reporting capabilities for online registration
Special Voter Registration Drive forms printed and shipped at no charge
Must follow rules and statutes and may be subject to fines or penalties for noncompliance