Who knew registering for a political party could feel so . . . dirty?

New Era Colorado -- an edgy civic group -- on Tuesday registered young voters at the University of Colorado and had fun tossing around the word "caucus." Voters needed to be affiliated with a political party by the end of the day to be able to participate in the 2010 March caucus.

The title of New Era's event is sure to make even Monica Lewinsky blush -- "Rock out with your Caucus Out."

The dirty birds -- who aim to create a buzz among young voters to get them civically engaged -- passed out T-shirts, buttons and stickers with slogans such as "I like the Caucus" and "My caucus leans to the left," or "My caucus leans to the right."

Carrie Jackson, New Era Colorado's program director, helped register people at CU on Tuesday. About 30 people registered to vote, affiliated with political parties or updated their addresses, she said.

"Our mission statement is to reinvent politics for a new generation," Jackson said. "The silly slogan is meant to catch people's attention and start meaningful conversations."

New Era-ites hula-hooped and roller-skated around outside the University Memorial Center with their clipboards on Tuesday.

During the 2008 election cycle, New Era Colorado registered more than 11,000 new voters. Of those new voters, more than 10,000 were under the age of 30.

"Our goal is to replicate and improve on the great work and youth voting victories we saw in 2008," Steve Fenberg, executive director of the civic group, said in a news release. "This event is an exciting way to kick off our campaign and show the strength and impact our generation can have at the polls in 2010."


Molly Fitzpatrick, left, helps Julian Stout, a University of Colorado junior, update his voter registration on Tuesday.
Molly Fitzpatrick, left, helps Julian Stout, a University of Colorado junior, update his voter registration on Tuesday. ( STEPHEN SWOFFORD )