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Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Eliza Pickrell Routt Award

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

Wayne Williams, students Ashley Simpson and Jesus Baez Tapia, English teacher Megan Turilli and state Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver at Arrupe Jesuit High School.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams sits with seniors at Arrupe Jesuit High School.
Secretary Williams with the Inspired high school leaders at DSST Green Valley Ranch, John Zeerak and Marjorie Tabora, who are  surrounded by their classmates.
The Denver School of Science and Technology Green Valley Ranch received an award from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back row, left, for its efforts to encourage voter registration.
Secretary Wayne Williams with Kit Carson High School seniors Jaxon Crawford, left, and Bradley Johnson, right, who registered students to vote at Kit Carson and Eads high schools
Students Bradley Johnson (back left) and Jaxon Crawford (back right) look on as Secretary Williams presents the Eliza Pickrell Routt award to Eads High School administrators Dawn James (right), Glenn Smith (center), and Betsy Barnett (left)
Secretary Wayne Williams with Kiowa County Clerk and Recorder Delisa Weeks at Eads High School
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Pat Daugherty, Cheyenne County clerk and recorder, at Kit Carson High School
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

Inspire Colorado Partnership

The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has partnered with Inspire Colorado to encourage peer to peer non-partisan voter registration, participation, and civic engagement. Inspire Colorado supports high schools in planning and conducting voter registration activities. A school interested in working with Inspire CO to achieve the registration award can apply online at http://www.inspire-usa.org/high_school_signup.

"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

2018 Winners

Strasburg High School

April 3, 2018 - Jeff Rasp, Principal. Students honored were Alison Nuttal and Justine Landrum.

Strasburg High School seniors honored with voter registration award - Julia Sunny

STRIVE Prep - Excel High School

April 11, 2018 - Caty Husbands, Director of College Access. Students honored: Brisa Aguilar - Velazquez, Lesli Guzman-Realzola, Samanth Mejia, Sandra Gonzalez-Torrerones.

Secretary Williams to senior class: “Thank you for striving and thriving” - Julia Sunny

KIPP Denver Collegiate High School

April 16, 2018 - Art Curtis, 12th Grade Social Studies Teacher was instrumental in encouraging his students to register.

Three Denver-area high schools receive voter registration award - Julia Sunny

DSST Stapleton High School

April 17, 2018 - Jeff Desserich, Campus Director, Leslie Hamdorf, Social Studies Teacher. Leslie coordinated the registration of students.

Three Denver-area high schools receive voter registration award - Julia Sunny

Eaglecrest High School

April 20, 2018 - Student honored: Emma Lovato

Three Denver-area high schools receive voter registration award - Julia Sunny

Kit Carson High School

May 9, 2018

Fairview High School

May 11, 2018 - Aaron Hendrickson, Social Studies teacher. The following students were honored: Ayesha Rawal, Edden Rosenberg, Henry Magowan, Elyana Steinberg, Sophia Murray.

South High School

May 11, 2018 - Jen Hanson, Principal. The following students were honored: Sophie Cardin and Torie Wyman.

Peak to Peak High School

May 17, 2018 - Joshua Benson, English teacher and Speech and Debate Coach. Student honored: Robin Peterson.

Bruce Randolph School

May 29, 2018

Crowley High School

TBD

Past winners

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.