Today is Super Tuesday.
“Super Tuesday” is the informal name for when multiple states will hold their nominating races during the presidential primary election. It is the biggest and most important day of the 2016 primary season. Each state handles the voting process differently: some are primaries, which are run by the states; others are caucuses, which are usually put on by the state parties.
A caucus is a meeting of members of a political party in the primaries to begin the process of electing candidates to nominate in the up-coming election. You must be registered to vote for a particular party in order to select a delegate and attend the caucus.
There are caucuses for 13 states being held today. Those states include Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming. The American Samoa territory is also participating.
In Colorado, you must also be a resident of the state for at least 30 days. You also have to have been registered no later than January 4th to participate. The Colorado caucuses for both parties start at 7:00pm.
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Earlier in the election season, both political parties have made appearances in Colorado. There was a Republican debate held in Boulder on October 15th. The GOP debate was held at the Coors Events Center on campus at CU Boulder. Bernie Sanders just rallied at Colorado State University on Sunday February 29th in preparation for the upcoming caucus, encouraging students to get involved.
Some University of Colorado students are being excused from their chemistry midterm to attend the caucus. They have to provide their professor with a selfie as proof. CU’s provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, Russell Moore, is suggesting “reasonable” accommodations and exceptions for students, faculty and staff who want to participate in the caucuses. He wrote a note to the CU community saying “Participation in the political process is an important responsibility of an engaged citizenry.”
The CU Independent, a student publication, is providing local students with all the information they need on how, when and where to caucus tonight for both parties. Find your location and learn more here.
Students can make a difference. College age adults are traditionally between 18-24 years old, and they are the key to our future. What they are learning and experiencing now will shape our country. The upcoming election is a big one. Big enough to drastically change our government. It is extremely important for students to become knowledgeable on popular and controversial issues. They need to get involved and they need to vote.