Letter: Voter turnout matters
We are less than five weeks away from an election that holds significant implications for the future of our country. Voter turn out has never mattered more and we all need to lean in to ensure our elected leaders represent the voice of the people. Sadly, too few of our community members actually make it to the polls.
Last year, the NextGen Advisory Commission set a goal to help Aspen achieve some of the highest voter turnout rates in the country, and we are in the middle of a major campaign to get out the vote. Here’s what we’re up to and how you can help:
• We’ve enlisted more than 30 of Aspen’s biggest employers to include voter registration documents in new hire packets. Participants include The city of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen School District, Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen Skiing Co., Belly Up, Forum Phi, Aspen Club, Justice Snow’s, Frias Properties, Aspen Entrepreneurs and many more. If you’re an employer in Aspen you should be on this list!
• Seen the civic participation videos on Aspen 82 or the “I Vote for Aspen” posters around town? We’ve rolled out a public awareness campaign to make voter turnout an unavoidable issue for the next five weeks.
• On Wednesday we are co-hosting an event at the Limelight Hotel from 5 to 8 p.m. that will include presentations from our county commissioner candidates, hearty discussion about local and national ballot issues and beer. Come get registered to vote and engage with your fellow citizens.
• Make sure you and your friends are registered! You can register to vote online at http://www.govotecolorado.com through Oct. 31. (After the 31st you can register by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day)
A big thank you to everyone helping drive higher voter turnout in Aspen. To the community of Aspen, we invite you to join us in our mission to get out the vote!
As a wise man once said: If you don’t vote, you can’t complain. #iVoteFORAspen
The NextGen Advisory Commission