Rock the Vote’s Electionland Colorado website will get folks to the polls

This week Rock the Vote launched ElectionLand Colorado, an “online roundtable” where Colorado voters can ask questions about voting and the elections and ballot initiatives and receive multiple answers from experts. Experts? Yes experts or “seasoned journalists and university instructors who can tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the 2010 elections in Colorado.” John Tomasic, breezy boy senior writer for the Colorado Independent, is one of those experts. So far so is Westword’s Patricia Calhoun and Shad Murib from New Era News.

The deadline for voter registration in Colorado is October 4th. That’s one question answered. Ask the ElectionLand experts more questions.

Rock the Vote was founded in 1990, at the end of the first-era of MTV, during the Bush Elder presidency. The group has had an amazing run, reaching millions of young people and helping to register hundreds of thousands. The group is pushing this election year to get so-called millennial voters to get out to the polls and pull a lever; it’s looking to register 200,000 young people in the state.

The group recently conducted a poll that found 81 percent of young people in Colorado say that they are very or somewhat likely to vote and that 62 percent say they are paying attention to the midterm elections. According to Rock the Vote, 55 percent of the young people polled say they “want politicians to do something about jobs and the economy, including the cost of higher education and the abortion and healthcare ballot measures.”

Electionland questions so far have included queries on registration logistics, the nine initiatives that will appear on the ballot and on the 2012 president election cycle.

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