Colorado Election Information

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November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • May 7: Last day for the Tribal Council of an Indian Tribe located on a Federal Reservation to request that a VSPC be located within the boundaries of the reservation for the 2020 General Election.
  • October 13: Last day to submit an application to register to vote in the 2020 General Election through a voter registration drive.
  • October 19: First day for voter service and polling centers to open for early voting
  • October 26: Last day to submit a voter registration application and still receive a ballot in the mail for the June 30th Primary Election.
  • October 27: Last day for an election clerk to process voter registration application and inform the applicant that they will not receive a mail ballot. To receive a ballot, the applicant must visit a Voter Service and Polling Center.
  • November 3: Deadline to return postmarked ballots by 7:00 pm

Polls open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Voter Registration Deadline:  There is no voter registration deadline in Colorado.  Voters can register up to and on Election Day.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

On Election Day, Voter Service and Polling Centers (“VSPCs”) will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

In Colorado, voters are also permitted to vote prior to Election Day.  All active registered voters will receive a mail ballot, which they can mail in or drop off at a designated ballot drop box or VSPC.  Alternatively, if a voter wants to vote in person, he or she can visit a VSPC in his or her county.  Prior to Election Day, VSPC and ballot drop box hours may vary.  Visit http://justvotecolorado.org/ to find a VSPC or drop-off location in your county and to verify its hours.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

To find a Voter Service and Polling Center in your county, visit http://justvotecolorado.org/.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:

There is no voter registration deadline.  Voters can register up to and on Election Day.

However, for a voter to receive a mail ballot, the voter must submit their paper registration/update form or online registration/update by the eighth day before Election Day.  For the 2019 Coordinated (local) Elections, the deadline is October 28, 2019.  For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, the deadline is February 24, 2020.  After the deadline and through Election Day, voters can go to any VSPC in the county where they live and update their registration to receive a regular ballot.  Visit http://justvotecolorado.org/ to verify a location’s hours.

How to Check Your Registration:  Visit www.govotecolorado.com to view and update your voter registration information.  Alternatively, you can contact your county clerk and recorder’s office.

 

Registration Eligibility:  In order to be eligible to vote in Colorado, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before Election Day in which you intend to vote;
  • Be at least 18 years of age or older on Election Day; and
  • Not be serving a sentence of confinement or detention for a felony conviction.

 

How to Register:

You can register to vote in Colorado in one of the following ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or Colorado Department of Revenue ID)
Register to vote online using the Colorado Secretary of State’s website:  www.govotecolorado.com.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email
Fill out and sign the Colorado voter registration application located at https://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/vote/VoterRegFormEnglish.pdf.  Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office.

  1. In Person

Voter registration is also offered at:

  • The County Clerk and Recorder’s office in your county.
  • A Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver’s license, renew, or update your driver’s license information.
  • All offices that provide public assistance, including offices of state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities.
  • Recruitment offices of the U.S. armed forces.
  • All federal post offices.
  • Any federal, state, or local government office, or nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications.
  • A Voter Service and Polling Center.

Identification Required for Registration:  If you have a Colorado driver’s license or ID card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue, you must provide that when you register.  If you do not have one of those documents, you may register using the last four digits of your social security number.  If you have none of the above, you may register by mail, fax, email or in person without identification, but then you must provide a form of identification if you vote in person at a VSPC, or a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Mail ballots are sent out to every registered active voter, beginning on 22 days before Election Day; there is no need to request one.  Simply vote the ballot once it arrives and put it back in the mail or drop it off at a dropbox or VSPC.

For a voter to receive a mail ballot, the voter must submit their paper registration/update form or online registration/update by the eighth day before Election Day.  For the 2019 Coordinated (local) Elections, that deadline is October 28, 2019.  For the 2020 Presidential Primary Election, that deadline is February 24, 2020.

The signature on every mail ballot envelope is verified, and once verified, all mail ballots are counted.  Be sure to sign the envelope when you return your mail ballot.

Also, be sure that your county clerk receives your ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  If you are not sure if your ballot will arrive in time, drop it off in person.  Visit www.justvotecolorado.org to find your nearest ballot drop off location.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

One of the following forms of ID is required to vote in person.  In addition, voters voting by mail for the first time who did not register online or show an ID when they registered may also need to provide a photocopy of their identification with their mail ballot.  If you receive a mail ballot and you are required to provide a photocopy of your ID, the ballot will be marked to indicate this requirement.

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license;
  • A valid identification card issued by the State of Colorado’s Department of Revenue;
  • A valid United States passport;
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the voter issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the United States government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado;
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the FAA or other authorized agency of the United States;
  • A valid United States military identification card with a photograph of the voter;
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter. “Current” means that the date of the document is within 60 days of the date it is submitted for ID purposes.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (formerly the United States Health Care Financing Administration);
  • A certified copy of a birth certificate for the voter issued in the United States;
  • Certified documentation of naturalization;
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in the State of Colorado;
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans’ Health Administration with a photograph of the voter;
  • A valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership;
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the Department of Human Services and is eligible to register and vote;
  • A letter from the director or administrator of a group residential facility indicating that the elector resides at the facility and at the street address listed in the voter registration database; or
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the Department of Human Services and is eligible to register and vote.

“Valid” means that the identification is current and has not expired.  If the identification shows an address, it must show a Colorado address.

A voter that is unable to provide a valid form of identification is still entitled to cast a provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Colorado voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

A voter can update his or her registration address by appearing at any Voter Service and Polling Center (“VSPC”) in the voter’s current county of residence up to and on Election Day.  The voter may then vote at the same VSPC where he or she updated his or her registration.  Visit http://justvotecolorado.org/ to find a VSPC in your county and to verify its hours.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for early voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and Merchant Marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States.  These individuals are known as UOCAVA voters.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an early ballot at the same time.  You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax.  To submit by mail, download and complete the FPCA and mail it to your election official.  To submit by email, scan the signed FPCA into your computer.  Be sure to include the Electronic Transmission Sheet.  Email this package directly to your election official. If you choose to fax your FPCA to your election official, you also must include the Electronic Transmission Sheet.  To register, the FPCA must be sent by November 6, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.  It must be received by the eighth day after Election Day.

Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Colorado page at https://www.fvap.gov/colorado for more information.  The FVAP form is available at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca2013.pdf.

Receiving and casting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their absentee ballot by mail, email or fax.  They may submit their completed ballots the same way: by mail, email, or fax.  Ballots must be sent by Election Day, November 5, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time for the 2019 Coordinated (local) Elections and by March 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time for the Presidential Primary Election.  They must be received by the eighth day after Election Day, which is November 13, 2019 for the 2019 Coordinated (local) Elections and is March 11, 2020 for the Presidential Primary Election.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by all UOCAVA voters.  UOCAVA voters use the FWAB to write in their votes when they have not received their early voting ballot in time.  If a UOCAVA voter is not registered, the local election office will treat the information submitted in the FWAB transmission envelope as the voter’s registration application.  The FWAB form is available at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab2013.pdf.  Ballots must be sent by Election Day, November 5, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time for the 2019 Coordinated (local) Elections and by March 3, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time for the Presidential Primary Election.  They must be received by the eighth day after Election Day, which is November 13, 2019 for the 2019 Coordinated (local) Elections and is March 11, 2020 for the Presidential Primary Election.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

In Colorado, it is illegal to register to vote or cast a vote while serving a sentence of detention or confinement in a correctional facility, jail, or other location (which may include DOC inmate status, living in a community corrections halfway house or on non-residential status) for a felony conviction. However, a voter has the right to vote after having served a sentence of detention or confinement. In 2019, Colorado amended its election laws so that an individual serving a sentence of parole is eligible to register to vote and to vote in any election. If a voter was previously registered, that registration will have been canceled and they must re-register to vote. An individual currently serving a sentence in jail for a misdemeanor, being held in jail prior to trial on misdemeanor or felony charges, serving a sentence of parole for a misdemeanor or felony or on probation for a misdemeanor or felony CAN register and vote.

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