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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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High School Student Ambassador Program

The High School Student Ambassador program from the Secretary of State’s office is designed to get young adults engaged in our electoral process. Student Ambassadors will help register people to vote and recruit fellow students to serve as election judges. In the process, you will gain an important understanding of our election system and the value of civic engagement.

Help your fellow students register to vote

Student Ambassadors will encourage and assist their fellow students in registering to vote. Each Ambassador will be asked to complete the Secretary of State’s short online training program to learn about who is eligible to register and how the process works. You will then work to inform fellow students about the opportunity and assist them in registering to vote. The training program will explain all about the process during the training, but it is important to note that 17 year-olds are eligible to register to vote if they turn 18 before the next election. This means many juniors and seniors in high school are eligible to register to vote at some point during the school year.

Recruit students to serve as election judges

State law also allows for a special program for student election judges. Under this program, juniors or seniors in high school who are 16 or 17 years old can serve in the important role of election judges. Election judges assist county clerks with the administration of election by ensuring rules are followed throughout the elections. This includes assisting voters, verifying mail ballot signatures and other duties facilitating elections. These judges receive training ahead of time in order to understand election laws and rules. As an election judge, not only will students be serving the community by ensuring free and fair elections, but they will get an up-close look at how the system works—this hands-on education is priceless. In addition to assisting fellow students register to vote, Student Ambassadors will help inform your fellow students of the opportunity to work as a student election judge. Local County Clerks run the student election judge program in each county, so Student Ambassadors will facilitate connecting students with the local Clerk and Recorder, who will provide training and an assignment for the election. County Clerk and Recorder offices (PDF)

Student Election Judge Program Description (PDF)

Civic engagement and participation in our electoral process is vital to the health of our democracy. As recognition for your important service, Student Ambassadors’ names will appear on the Secretary of State’s web site. In addition, we will recognize outstanding Ambassadors on our Facebook page. Check out our Facebook page by visiting facebook.com/ColoradoSoS.

If you have any questions about the program, contact Lisa Doran in the Elections Division at 303-894-2200, extension 6104, or lisa.doran@sos.state.co.us.

Apply to be a student ambassador (PDF)

Take the online training