At long last, election day is upon us! If you’re reading this Big Something right now, it means that you’ve successfully weathered the torrent of ads, emails, phone calls, viral YouTube videos, and spirited Facebook posts that have come to define American Democracy in the twenty-first century. Congratulations! There’s only one thing left to do… VOTE!

At this point, you’ve probably made up your mind about most of the issues and candidates–maybe you’ve already voted. But in case you still belong to that elusive and all-important camp of so-called “undecided voters,” we’ve compiled some resources for you, to help you make informed decisions on matters of local, regional, and national importance. If you’re done deliberating, think of this as an opportunity to remind yourself why the choices you’ve made are the right ones.

 

 

Click HERE to hear KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin’s conversation with Dave Anderson, candidate for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District and challenger to incumbent representative, Doug Lamborn.

 

 

Click HERE to hear a recent debate between incumbent representative Cory Gardner (R) and challenger Brandon Shaffer (D) of Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, moderated by KRCC News Director, Andrea Chalfin.

 

 

Click HERE for the debate among Colorado 3rd Congressional District Candidates Scott Tipton (R-Incumbent), Sal Pace (D), and Tisha Casida (U).

 

Click HERE to listen again to last month’s episode of Western Skies, “Politics & Elections,” featuring an in-depth report on the three statewide ballot initiatives at issue this election, a roundtable discussion about the state of politics and elections today, and much more…

 

 

Click HERE for a quick primer on the arguments for and against Colorado’s controversial Amendment 64 (AKA the “Regulate Marijuana like Alcohol” amendment)

 

 

Click HERE for the full audio from last month’s Voter Forum, hosted by The Citizen’s Project, an event intended to educate voters about local candidates and statewide ballot initiatives.

 

If you want to learn more about individual ballot issues, or if you need to look up your local polling location, head to the League of Women Voters of Colorado website.

Finally, if after all this you find yourself craving some comic relief…

 

We at the Big Something hope that you’ll take it upon yourself to go out and cast your ballot today (if you haven’t already). Our country is only as democratic as its citizens are engaged!

 

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