Eliza Pickrell Routt Award
Deputy Secretary of State Suzanne Staiert, joined by Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, presents an Award to Eaglecrest High School for registering almost 500 students to vote
Eaglecrest High School - Almost 500 students registered or pledged to vote
Yuma High School - 96% of eligible seniors registered to vote
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner celebrate Yuma High School's success

"It’s easy to participate but a lot of folks don’t do that. But you have a couple of students here who took some leadership and they did something different. They got their peers registered to vote." - Wayne W. Williams, Colorado Secretary of State

Voter registration award

Eliza Pickrell Routt, with her husband, John Routt, settled in Colorado on the brink of its statehood in 1875.  John Routt would be elected the first Governor, making Eliza Pickrell Routt the first First Lady of Colorado.  In this role, she dedicated herself to building a structured community with equal rights for women. She joined the Non-Partisan Suffrage Association of Colorado and served as president of the City League of Denver branch.  In honor of her commitment to getting suffrage passed, Routt was the first woman registered to vote in Colorado.

In honor of Eliza Pickrell Routt’s dedication to voting equality, the Secretary of State’s office has created the Eliza Pickrell Routt Award. This award is given to high schools that have 85% of eligible seniors registered to vote.

To apply for the Eliza Pickrell Routt Award, fill out the award application (PDF) and mail, email, or fax it to:

Office of Colorado Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
Email: State.ElectionDivision@sos.state.co.us
Fax: 303-869-4861

Image of Eliza Pickrell Routt Award plaque

In honor of Eliza Pickrell Routt’s dedication to voting equality, the Secretary of State’s office has created the Eliza Pickrell Routt Award. This award is given to high schools that have 85% of eligible seniors registered to vote.

2016 Winners

Eaglecrest High School, Centennial, CO

"Two students who we work with at Yuma High School in Yuma, Colorado hit the ground running in September and registered almost 95% of their senior class, which is 49 students, by the end of October. While small in number, their impact was felt across their community as they have begun to instill a sense of civic duty into their rural town in eastern Colorado that, according to them, was previously lacking. This momentum has transformed from 49 students registered at their high school into youth-led initiatives to register community members through community-wide drives that will take place over the next few months." - Josh Hardesty, Inspire Colorado.

EHS Student Wins Award for Voter Registration Efforts - Cherry Creek Schools


Yuma High School, Yuma, CO

"At Eaglecrest High School, one of the largest in the state, one of our Inspire students worked hard to surpass the goal of 85% and register 90% of his school's senior class to vote. This translates into almost 500 students who either registered to vote with Inspire or pledged to vote in the next election. This is the biggest school across all 7 of our Inspire states to reach and exceed the 85% goal. This effort was supported in large part by the teachers at Eaglecrest High School to not only register their students to vote, but also educate them on the importance of voting and our country's electoral and political systems. The success at Eaglecrest is a testament to the huge impact that can be made when we get everyone committed to reaching a common goal." - Josh Hardesty, Inspire Colorado.

Praise for Yuma High School and its voter-registration efforts - Lynn Bartels