Along with the ever-important University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG) elections taking place though Thursday, on mycuinfo.colorado.edu, your student government has been actively involved in investigating the ins and outs of the 2013 Boulder County ballot.

This past Thursday, members of the CUSG Legislative Council read the proposed Colorado Amendment 66 through bipartisan views, experiences and histories, and came together in support of the statewide amendment. An official CUSG Resolution was passed in solidarity with the initiative that would generate nearly $950 million to be spent in Kindergarten-12th grade classrooms across Colorado.

The CUSG Resolution to support Amendment 66 went on to identify Colorado as one of the lowest ranking states in terms of financial support to public education, and proposed that its passage would open the door to more productive conversations on higher education support through the state. Education is one of the greatest positive externalities we can cultivate as a community, and CUSG has enthusiastically voted that Amendment 66 would be a decisive step in the right direction toward making Colorado a national leader in the funding of education.

The Boulder City Council seats are also up for election this year, and your student government is hosting a free, public event on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the MATH 100 room on the CU-Boulder campus. The City Council Candidates will be answering questions, proposing ideas and engaging in discussions about their visions for our city.

The University Club, which is located at 972 Broadway St. near the UMC, is a designated ballot drop off location again this year. Due to recent election reforms, Colorado residents and CU students can now participate in election-day voter registration if they had not previously registered, or if they need to update any information. The Club will operate from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Nov. 4, and will stay open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Nov. 5. First-time voters may need to include a photocopy of their ID in their sealed ballots, which the Inkspot in the UMC is happy to provide free of charge.

Even though it can be easy to stay in the CU campus bubble, remember that we are also residents of the city of Boulder and the state of Colorado, and should take to heart our responsibility to engage in our community's decisions.

Lauren Cross is the CUSG Director of Communications.