I n case you've been living under a rock, I'm here to let you know it's election season.
But considering political ads are everywhere right now, I wouldn't be surprised if that news found itself to the dark, musty under-quarters of even the most hidden rock.
That means it's time to play your role in the democratic process and get yourself votin'!
In addition to the upcoming general election, CU Student Government elections are this week. The candidates are sure to be all around campus this week, campaigning and reaching out to students. They want to represent all CU students (yes, even nerds) and are more than happy to talk to you about their platforms and what they want for CU. You can also check out their bios on MyCUInfo before you vote -- being informed is sexy, after all.
Considering whom you are voting for can be hard. Fortunately, voting itself is incredibly easy. It takes about 2 minutes on MyCUInfo, and boom -- democracy.
CUSG election turnout has been dismal the last few years; the highest semester had only 10,000 votes -- a measly third of CU's student population. Considering that CUSG controls millions of dollars in our student fees, it's important to learn who they are and what they're about, and then vote!
On a more macro level, the general election is coming up soon, and early voting has already started in Colorado. The same lecture applies to the general election: Do your research! Go directly to the candidates, go to their critics, go to non-partisan fact checking websites.
There's nothing nerdier than knowing your stuff, and in today's electoral climate, there are plenty of groups out there trying to help you separate the truth from the tales. While we're all guilty of partisanship, it's important to consider all options. If we all stay in our own party boxes, nothing will get done and we'll become even more divided. Polarized politics is so not E pluribis unum.
And while I know you're sick of the words "voter registration," I urge you to make sure the correct information was received. In Colorado, you can do this by visiting the Secretary of State's website, http://sos.state.co.us/. This is incredibly important -- I registered as a permanent mail-in voter, but I hadn't received my ballot. So I checked to find that not only was I not listed as mail-in, but they also listed the wrong address. With the election less than two weeks away, it's crucial to make sure everything is in order.
Make your nerd voice heard this election season -- and if you don't vote, don't bitch!
Jessica Ryan is a senior media studies major at CU-Boulder. She writes about nerdy things once a week for the Colorado Daily. On Twitter: @@JessicaLRyan.