To verify registration status click here.
To be eligible to vote in Colorado, you must be:
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.
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.
Any form of identification that contains an address must have a Colorado address to be valid.
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 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.
You can register to vote:
To verify registration status click here.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
The next election date is Tuesday, April 4, 2017 (Municipal Election). The deadline to register either online on by mail is Monday, March 27, 2017. Election Day registration is available.
Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.
In order to be a poll worker in Colorado:
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
The polling place will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Employers must grant employees two hours of paid leave to vote, unless polls are open three hours before or after regular working shift.
Colorado is a vote by mail state. If you have any questions please contact your local elections board.
You may vote provisionally if:
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.
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.
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.
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