As Jesuit-minded learners, doers and thinkers, we don’t have to conform to black and white, nor do our social and political values need to be solely contained in red (states) and blue (states). Part of our voting responsibility is to make sure we know the facts, follow our beliefs and not be afraid to disturb complacency or disrupt the status quo. A Regis education teaches action by allowing you to stand for something, question everything and know your mind, all of which are rooted in the Jesuit values of becoming educated, serving the common good, and being mindful of social justice. So, dive in and become fully engaged in this year’s presidential, state and local elections on November 8. How to RegisterWhere to RegisterWhen to RegisterWho am I Voting ForEvents How to Register If you are a Colorado resident: You can either choose to register using your school address if you presently intend to make it your residence and return there after any temporary absence i.e. summer vacation, OR you can register or remain registered using your home (prior) address in Colorado if you intend to return there after college. If you are NOT a Colorado resident: Please see all other states’ registration information at http://www.campusvoteproject.org/studentguides. Where to Register Registering to vote is free and easy. If you have a Colorado State driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue you may register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.com. Eligible Coloradans can also simply text the word "Colorado" or "CO" to "2Vote" (28683) on their smartphones, and then open the link to the SOS' online voter registration and election information site. Or you can register at any physical state or governmental office. Voter registration forms, polling place locations, and more information can be found at www.govotecolorado.com. When to Register In person: You may register in person on Election Day at a Voter Service and Polling Center or at your county clerk’s office. By mail or online: If you register by mail or online, your registration must be received eight days before Election Day (Oct. 31). To receive a ballot by mail, register online at https://www.sos.state.co.us/voter-classic. If you registered by mail or online after the eighth day (Oct. 31) before an election you must visit a Voter Service and Polling Center in your county to get a ballot. During a voter registration drive: If you register during a voter registration drive, you must have done so at least 22 days before Election Day, or Oct. 17. Early Voting: Early voting is available at Voter Service and Polling Centers beginning 15 days before Election Day, or Oct. 24. All polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Who am I voting for? Before you cast your vote, it’s important to educate yourself. Know the facts, discuss the issues and discover the candidate(s) who best align with your values. Statewide, Colorado voters will be electing a U.S. Senator, deciding several ballot initiatives and voting whether to retain several appeals court justices. All seven congressional seats are on the ballot. Eighteen State Senate and all 65 State House of Representative seats are up for election. The University of Colorado Board of Regents statewide seat and District 1 (which includes the Regis Northwest Denver campus) seat are up for election. The initiatives on the ballot are: Amendment 69, which would create a single-payer health insurance plan in the state. Initiative I-101, which would increase the state minimum wage to $9.30 an hour with annual increases of 90 cents each January 1 until it reaches $15 an hour in 2020. Amendment T, which updates the state constitution to remove language that permits slavery in the state. Initiative I-145, which would make assisted death legal among terminally ill patients who have less than six months to live. Amendment 96, which raises the requirements for any constitutional amendment to be placed on a statewide ballot. Amendment U, which exempts up to $6,000 in financial gain from leasing government land or other property from taxes. Additional resources: For more information on the Colorado 2016 general election candidates, parties and platforms, please visit https://ballotpedia.org/Colorado_elections,_2016 A great way to get informed is to watch and follow both the GOP (July 18-21) and Democratic National Conventions (week of July 25). Presidential: For more information on the 2016 presidential candidates, parties and platforms, please visit: https://ballotpedia.org/Presidential_candidates,_2016. Election Day is Nov. 8. For any information not presented above, or if you have any further questions, please visit campusvoteproject.org. Make your vote count this election year! Events Amendment 69 Debate 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Sept. 7 Mountain View Room, Claver Hall Amendment 69 author, State Sen. Irene Aguilar, M.D., will debate Tashof Bernton, M.D., of Coloradans for Colorado, a group that opposes Amendment 69. Regis associate professor Ira Gorman, who is a member of the Colorado Commission for Affordable Health Care, will moderate. There will be in audience question and answer period. This event is sponsored by the Regis University School of Pharmacy, Regis NCPA Student Chapter and the Colorado Pharmacists Society.