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Colorado Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Election Day
By Mail:
Received by Monday, February 5, 2018 Online by Monday, February 5, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Republican and Democratic Parties Precinct Caucuses)
Secretary of State
1700 Broadway
Suite 270
Denver, CO 80290
Phone:
303-894-2200
Fax:
303-869-4861

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Colorado, you must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • 18 years of age
  • A Colorado resident for at least 22 days before an election
  • Not serving a sentence (including parole) or a felony conviction

Note: Residency for the purpose of voting means the principal or primary home of a person. You must have a residence in order to register to vote.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

Your completed voter registration form must contain your Colorado driver's license number or your Department of Revenue ID number. If you do not have a driver's license or department of revenue ID number, then you will need to complete a paper registration form and provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. You cannot use a Social Security number when registering to vote online. If you do not have any of these forms of ID, please check the appropriate boxes on the paper registration application form. A unique identifying number will then be assigned to you by the state and you will still be registered to vote. However, if the identification section is left blank and you do not check the box(es) indicating you do not have identification, you will not be registered to vote.

For more information please contact your county clerk and recorder or contact your local League for more information.

  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid Colorado drivers' license
  • Valid ID card issued by the Department of Revenue
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or Colorado, or by any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States
  • A U.S. military identification card with photograph of the elector
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that show the name and address of the elector. A cable bill, a telephone bill, documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of identification
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • Valid student ID card with a photo issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
  • Valid veteran ID card with a photo issued by the US Department of Veterans Affairs Health administration
  • Valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership

Any form of identification that contains an address must have a Colorado address to be valid.

 

ID Needed for Voting?

If you are voting by mail for the first time you may need to provide a photocopy of your identification with your ballot. Voters who recently registered for the first time and are voting by mail are required to provide a photocopy of their identification.

When voting in person you will need one of the following types of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license
  • A valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. government or Colorado, or by any Colorado county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of this state
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or other authorized agency of the United States
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with photograph of the elector
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector. A cable bill, a telephone bill, documentation from a public institution of higher education in Colorado containing at least the name, date of birth, and residence address of the student elector, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of identification
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado.
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the United States department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible election
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
  • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote

A Social Security number (or last four digits) is NOT a legal form of identification for voting in person. Neither is any document produced by Colorado's statewide registration system.

Registration Deadline

You can register to vote:

  • Anytime in person at a county voter registration office or Voter Service and Polling Center, including Election Day (NOTE: If you register in person after the 8th day before an election you must visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers in order to vote your ballot. You will not receive a mail ballot).
  • No later than 8 days before an election by mail or online at www.govotecolorado.com
  • No later than 22 days before an election or through a Voter Registration Drive

Verify Voter Registration

To verify registration status click here.

Vote by Mail

Colorado voters now have the option to vote by mail. All registered voters will receive mail ballots. The ballot is then voted and must be received by the county clerk and recorder no later than 7pm on Election Day. Postmarks do not count. Voters are encouraged to drop off their ballots at designated drop off sites or mail the ballot in time to be received by the 7pm deadline. Contact your county clerk and recorder for drop-off locations.

Voters still have the option to vote at the polls. You may surrender your mail ballot when you vote in person. Contact your county clerk and recorder for information about your polling center.

For information on the types of ID needed when voting, click here.

Absentee Ballot Process

Colorado is a vote by mail state so all voters can receive a mail ballot before each Election Day. If you need to update the address you want you ballot mailed to, use the online tool to fill out the Voter Reigstration Application and update your address.

If you are a first time voter who registers by mail to vote in Colorado, you are required to submit one of the forms of identification (listed below) with your application. If you have not already done so, you must also submit a copy of one of these forms of identification when you return your absentee ballot application. DO NOT include original documents with the application. You must place the copy of ID in the outer envelope of the ballot, not inside the ballot itself. Please submit a copy of one of the following forms of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver's license
  • A valid Colorado Department of Revenue ID card
  • A valid pilot's license issued by the Federal Aviation Administration
  • A valid U.S. Military ID card with photograph
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid U.S. passport
  • A valid employee identification with a photograph issued by the U.S. government, Colorado state government, or any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of the state
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address. A cable bill, telephone bill or documentation from a Colorado public institution of higher education containing at least your name, date of birth, and legal residence address, or a paycheck from a government institution are also sufficient forms of ID

Note: Some forms of ID may not contain an address. If your address appears on the identification, the address must be in Colorado.

Ballots are mailed 30 days before Election Day, or three days after the County Clerk receives the request for a maill in ballot.

To vote, fill out your ballot, sign it and return to your County Clerk.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

Early voting is available and no excuse is required.

Early voting is available during regular business hours for 10 days before a primary election and for 15 days before a November election.

Each county clerk and recorder shall provide one or more early voting polling place(s), each of which shall be accessible to persons with disabilities. Information regarding early voting availability, locations, and schedules may be obtained by visiting your county website or by contacting your county clerk and recorder's office.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Republican and Democratic Party Precinct Caucuses). The registration deadline is Monday, Feburary 5, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

 

 

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Colorado:

  • You must be registered to vote in Colorado
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be a resident of the precinct 30 days before the election
  • You must complete required training
  • Students with citizenship who are 16 years or older may work with good standing in high school

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

The polling place will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after regular working shift.

Polling Place Locator

Colorado is a vote by mail state. If you have any questions please contact your local elections board.

Provisional Voting

You may vote provisionally if:

  • You vote outside the county where you live
  • The statewide registration system shows you already voted in the election
  • You don't present a valid form of ID

You can register and change your address on Election Day to vote a normal ballot.

Provisional ballots will be counted after the voters' eligibility is confirmed and no later than 14 days after a General Election and 10 days after a primary election.

After you vote a provisional ballot, you will receive a receipt. This receipt will explian how you determine the status of your provisional ballot.

A provisional ballot affidavit is treated as a voter registration application for the next election, regardless of whether the provisional ballot is counted, as long as the affidavit contains all the required information and the voter is eligible to register.

Voting Machines

The voting machine systems used in Colorado are optical scan, DRE and hand-counted paper ballots.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. Some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource or through Verified Voting.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Under HAVA, each polling place must contain a voting system that is accessible for individuals with disabilities, including for visually impaired voters, in a manner that provides the same opportunity for accessibility and participation (including privacy and independence) as for other voters.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For more information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For more information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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