BOULDER, Colo. –

The University of Colorado’s student elections began at 12:01 a.m. today and continue through 8 p.m. Friday.

Students are encouraged to visit the election’s Web site (www-ucsu.colorado.edu/ivote/) to find candidate information, look at ballot initiatives and cast their votes.

For the first time in more than 20 years, all student candidates running for office are unopposed.

“Essentially, all the candidates would have to do is vote for themselves, and they win,” said Alexander Schnell, the CU Student Union’s election commissioner.

Rather than spend time campaigning for a sure thing, Schnell said, the student candidates are instead pooling their efforts to promote overall voter turnout and several referenda on the ballot.

Among the questions on the ballot, students are being asked to vote on a $14-per-semester increase in student fees to retain full services from RTD with their student bus pass.

Without the fee increase, students’ RTD passes no longer will be valid for the skyRide to Denver International Airport, and student riders also will have to pay $1.50 for regional routes, including those to Denver.

Also on the ballot: an amendment that would require the approval of a majority of students before student fees could be raised or allocated for capital construction projects.

The amendment was created in response to a $400 annual hike in student fees approved by CU student leaders in the spring of 2004 to aid in the construction of four academic buildings.

Students also will be voting on a procedural change that would require adding a phase to the process of recalling or removing UCSU representatives from office.

And the final amendment would reduce the percentage of the student body that needs to participate in a successful referendum vote from 25 percent to 10 percent.