Former Governor John Hickenlooper Must Defeat Cory Gardner
The Republicans of our current Senate, through their silence in the face of President Trump’s abuse of office, self-dealing and violation of the Constitution have shown the world they value their roles as the President’s sycophants above their oath of duty to our Country. And Cory Gardner is at the top of this list. If John Hickenlooper is not perfect, who among us is? But John has been loyal to our state, honest to our citizens, and a staunch supporter of our Constitution, as well as a very good administrator. And we know he will be very independent. We MUST elect him to replace Gardner, who has not even objected to Trump’s slowdown of the mails, which may disrupt Colorado’s own vote-by-mail program.
How many renters are probably unregistered in Colorado? According to the US Census, there are over 5.7 million citizens in Colorado, and over 4 million of those are 18+ and eligible to vote. Since 35% of the population in Colorado are renters, that means over 1 million eligible voters are renters, and past census figures have shown only 50% of renters are registered. So over 500,000 unregistered renters live in Colorado in 2020.
Why should you start a RegiterRenters.org program today? There is very little time to register voters in Colorado. While Colorado residents can register up to and including November 3, voters must get their registration forms in by October 26 to get mailed a ballot–and earlier if Trump is successful in slowing down the mails. ALL MAILED BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED (NOT POST-MARKED) BY ELECTION DAY. As of the last election, there were over a million eligible Colorado voters who did not receive a mailed ballot because they were not registered.
If you want to see the full details on the RegisterRenters.org program, click here. However, the following is more information about voter registration in Colorado that you might find useful, especially if you have good social media resources. If you want to get lots of people started right now, please embed the link to this page in your Facebook page, send a Tweet, an Instagram post or any other favorite media. Or you can simply use the social links below on this page.
Can renters register online in Colorado? Although the process is a little intimidating, the fastest way to register is to go to the Colorado Secretary of State voter registration website. You can Google “SOS Colorado voter registration”. However, about 20% of homes in Colorado do not have web connections, and this probably applies to many of the unregistered voters who are renters. Again, this year all voter registrations, including re-registrations for those who have moved, must be completed by Monday, October 26 to receive a mail-in ballot.
Mail in ballots in Colorado?
Q. Given COVID19, can Colorado citizens request a mail in, or “absentee”, ballot online?
A. IN COLORADO, ALL REGISTERED VOTERS RECEIVE MAIL-IN BALLOTS, and have for years. However, unless voters want to vote in person at the poling location, they MUST be registered, either online or with a mail-in registration form. On the other hand, if registered voters will be away from their registered mailing address, for instance at college in another state, they can go online and change the mailing address where they want their ballot sent.
Should I start an official VRD (voter registration drive)? There are some differences between RegisterRenters and a regulated VRD. RegisterRenters is an educational program involved in distributing registration forms and information protected by the First Amendment. We are especially prohibited from taking possession of completed voter registration forms. Well funded campaigns may prefer to use volunteers or hire solicitors, where legal, and train them to help voters complete an official voter registration form, which some states permit the solicitor to retain and deliver to the official voter registration site. This enables the solicitor to be paid for each registration, where this is legal. It also enables the campaign to make a photocopy of the voter’s registration form, where this is legal. However, most official voter registration drives rely on person-to-person contact—difficult with Covid19. They also usually mandate significant training, and involve substantial fines for any failures, including failure to deliver every voter registration form on time. (For example, some Republican VRD managers in Nevada were sent to prison for destroying registrations by Democrats.) In all, the cost per VRD registration might be at least $10, and up to $69 in the official Florida drive, while RegisterRenters usually costs a dollar a vote—a fraction of regulated drives— and without direct contact, so it is safer with COVID19. The link to the most current guidelines for official Voter Registration Drives can be found at: http://Rules for Voter Registration Drives
Where are the main concentrations of unregistered voters in COLORADO? Most of the residents, and probably almost all of the renters, live in the seven metro districts of Denver-Aurora (2.967,000), Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Boulder, Greeley, Grand Junction and Pueblo. Other college towns are important, too, like Durango and Gunnison.
RegisterRenters has not ignored the potential unregistered voters in rural areas, but the costs per voter can be much higher, and the proportion of progressive voters has traditionally been lower. This is not to mean RegisterRenters does not value these voters, but they must be targeted in local campaigns.
RegisterRenters began as an idea. Seven percent of Americans moved every year. But homeowners did not move very often, so it must have been renters who moved!! And since most people do not register to vote immediately, perhaps the large number of persons who do not vote are renters.
With RegisterRenters began with a very successful focus on local campaigns for legislative candidates in Colorado. Since our inception in 2004, we have helped win, sustain and increase majorities in both houses of our legislature. Our efforts have been declining as the Colorado House Majority Project has become stronger, the Colorado Dems Senate Fund has become successful, other voter registration programs have grown, and we have elected a very progressive Governor. Our part in these recent successes has been minimal as these organizations have taken leadership, the strength of their candidate recruitment and support has grown, and the legislative program has improved and become increasingly progressive.
If you support RegisterRenters or similar organizations on the local level, you will see your rural areas increasingly represented by caring, progressive candidates and office holders in your legislatures, your counties, cities and school districts. But it takes a lot of time and commitment. We can only hope we have the time.
How can we learn more about John Hickenlooper, the Senate candidate? Having good candidates is the most important element of politics. John is working hard to be the candidate you can support. You can find his site here: www.johnhickenlooper.com
By clicking on the site, you can learn about former Governor Hickenlooper, his positions, his past, and how you can help. While you are on his site, we encourage you to volunteer, to make a contribution, and to link him to your social media.