Do you know what we, at dovetail solutions, think is cool? How many Coloradoans get out to VOTE! We’re proud to represent the nation’s #3 state in terms of voter participation. That’s right, according to U.S. News & World Report, Colorado has the third-highest percentage of residents who turn out to vote in presidential and congressional elections, at 59.5 percent. We’d love to see that number much higher, but we’re proud of every single Coloradoan who takes his or her civic duty seriously and shows up at the polls.

Colorado is no stranger to making its mark on the national stage, politically speaking. In 1876, the election of President Rutherford B. Hayes was decided by Colorado’s tiebreaker vote. Did you know Mamie Doud Eisenhower was living right here in Denver when she met her husband and the future president, Dwight D. Eisenhower? Now you’ll never forget the family tie to Colorado’s famous Eisenhower Tunnel. And, of course, former President Obama accepted his Democratic nomination in our very own Mile High Stadium only a decade ago.

Perhaps the point in Colorado’s political history that we’re most proud of – in 1894 we became the first state to elect women to the state legislature – only one year after women’s suffrage became legal, to boot! Our state’s commitment to women’s rights has endured through today, as we rank fourth for the percentage of female state legislators at 38 percent – significantly higher than the national average of 25.5 percent.

This election season, we’ll proudly be casting our votes to make sure our voices are heard. We never forget that the right to vote was not given to many in our society, but had to be fought for, and we are determined to make sure the hard-won efforts of the generations ahead of us were not in vain. We know the impact that a single vote, a single community, a single state can make. Your vote is your voice, and a voice is a terrible thing to waste.