Jill Biden visited the Carriage House on campus Monday, Oct. 29. Photo by Ellie Nesbit

Dogs for Obama. Are you better off than you were four years ago? The 47 percent!

Tired of political ads? It’ll all be over soon, kiddos.

As we enter the final days of the 2012 election season, political groups from CC, on both sides of the spectrum are throwing events and encouraging all students to vote.

The campaigns, billions of dollars, and hours spent volunteering will all culminate on Nov. 6. The Young Republicans Club and CC Democrats will host an election night party at 6 p.m. in Cornerstone as the final votes are tallied.

Many CC students also enjoyed viewing the presidential and vice-presidential debates at watch parties hosted by the election committee, a group comprised of CC students and representatives from both CC Dems and the Young Republicans, whose goal was to increase political knowledge on campus.

In addition to the bipartisan election party, the CC Dems will “storm the dorms” to remind students to turn in their mail-in ballots or to vote early.

“Early voting is going to the polling place before election day to avoid lines and chaos, and I think a lot of CC kids don’t know that’s an option,” junior Isabel Norwood, a CC Dem, said. “CC is running buses to the polling location every day at 1:30 p.m. for students without cars.”

So, if you are registered in Colorado and have yet to vote, get off your tush any day at 1:30 p.m. and vote.

Representatives from both groups emphasized the importance of voting this year–especially in a swing state like Colorado–because it is a tight race.

“Undecided voters should remember that this election is not simply about social issues or the economy, but each candidate boasts an extraordinarily different vision for America, whether that is domestic economic policy or foreign involvement,” Matt Nadel, an active CC Dem, said. “More than anything I encourage students to take 15 minutes to browse through each candidate’s website to see which candidate would best represent their vision for the future.”

Ellen Scully, co-chair of the Young Republicans Club, takes a different position.

“If [undecided voters] don’t know what they think at this point I frankly don’t think they’re worth my time,” Scully said. However, she also strongly emphasized the importance of making an educated vote.

Scully also stated that Young Republicans are starting a bipartisan restroom stall publication with the CC Dems.

Norwood also highlighted the importance of educated voting and thinks students should not only educate themselves on the candidates, but on the issues as well.  Students should “vote all the way down the ballot. These things pertain to CC students whether they like to believe it or not, since they live here nine months of the year.”

If you are in need of more information before voting, check out CC Votes: http://www.coloradocollege.edu/ccvotes/

Colorado College Student Government Association is staying completely non-partisan, but also encourages students to vote, said CCSGA member Elliot Mamet.

Over the past month, both groups as well as the Political Science department brought in many well known speakers such as Ezra Klein, Sunshine Hillygus, and Michelle Malkin, offering CC students a balanced mix of opinions and encouraging some form of enhanced civic engagement.

The Young Republicans Club meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and the CC Dems meet at noon on Thursdays.

Kiki Lenihan

Guest Writer


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