Colorado Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in Colorado
To register to vote in the State of Colorado, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
- Be a United States Citizen
- Be a Colorado resident and have lived in the state for at least 22 days before the election,
- Are not serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction
- will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election
You May register to vote if you were arrested for or convicted of a crime if you:
- Are on probation for either a misdemeanor or felony
- Are a pretrial detainee awaiting trial
- Are currently in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence only
- Have served your sentence for a felony conviction,including any period of parole
Am I required to affiliate with a party?
No. But if you want to participate in a party's primary or caucus,
you must be affiliated with that party.
How Do I Register To Vote in Colorado
Fill and Sign the form. Then deliver it to your county clerk and recorder. You may find a list with contact information at www.govotecolorado.com.
Click here to get the address and phone number for the board of registrars office in your county
Sign the form. Then mail, deliver, or scan the signed form and email it to your county clerk and recorder.
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
Colorado enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal
Click here to Register Online
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for
the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot.
The following documents are acceptable forms of identification,
- 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 of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision
- A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue.
- A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the U.S.
- A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector.
- A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other
government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
- 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.
- A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector.
- 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 U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans
health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
- A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.
Any form of identification listed above that shows your address must show a Colorado
address to qualify as an acceptable form of identification.
The following documents are also considered acceptable forms of identification for voting
- 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 shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes
The following are NOT acceptable forms of identification
- A drive's license or identification card issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully
- Any document produced by Colorado’s statewide voter registration system.
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Colorado
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Semi-Closed Primaries
The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled state elections every two years; a state Primary Election in June and a General election in November.
On the June Primary Election Day, voters affiliated with a major party may cast a ballot for candidates of that party. If there is a minor party contest for an office those affiliated with that minor party may cast a ballot for those candidates.
Unaffiliated electors may declare affiliation with one of the major or minor parties and cast that party’s ballot.
Click here for additional information
Who Can Vote Absentee in Colorado
Colorado has no-excuse mail-in (absentee) voting. If you prefer not to go to the polls on election day, you may apply
to vote by mail by submitting a completed Mail-in Ballot Application to your local county clerk.
If you have a Colorado State driver's license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue you may update your
voter registration and request a mail-in ballot online at www.govotecolorado.com. Paper voter registration forms are also
available on the Secretary of State's web site.
Q2. What is permanent mail-in voting?
If you choose to be placed on the list of Permanent Mail-in Voters, you will receive a mail-in ballot for every
applicable election. Alternatively, you may ask for a mail-in ballot for a specific election or the calendar year.
Q3. What is the deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot?
If you want a mail-in ballot sent to you by mail, your county clerk and recorder must receive your application no later
than the close of business on the 7th day before the election. If you want to pick up your mail-in ballot, you must apply
no later than the Friday preceding the election. If you mail your application, make sure to allow time for delivery.
Q4. When will I receive my mail-in ballot?
Mail-in ballots will be mailed beginning 22 days before an election, after which ballots will mail
be mailed within 72 hours after the receipt of a mail-in ballot application. Once mailed, you should allow 7-10 days
to receive your mail-in ballot.
Q5. What if I requested a mail-in ballot, but I have not received my ballot?
You can confirm your voter registration information and check the status of your mail ballot online
at www.govotecolorado.com. You may also contact your county clerk for additional information.
Q6. If I am voting by mail, when must my mail-in ballot be received by my county clerk? Are mail-in ballots counted in the same manner as other ballots?
Mail-in ballots count just like any other ballot as long as they are received by your county clerk no
later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Electors are encouraged to drop off ballots at designated drop off sites or mail their
ballots in time to be received by the county clerk before the polls close. Postmarks do not count. Make sure to mail your
ballot in advance of Election Day or drop off your ballot at your county clerk’s office or at established drop-off locations.
Contact your county clerk’s office for drop-off locations.
Q7. What should I do if I make a mistake, damage, or lose my mail-in ballot?
You may request a replacement mail-in ballot from your county clerk.
Q8. Where can I find information for military or overseas electors?
A8. Colorado citizens who are either temporarily or permanently overseas and all active military personnel,
including their spouses and dependents, are eligible to vote by absentee ballot under The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens
and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and Colorado law.
What If My Address Has Changed
Q10. I am planning to go away to college, should I wait to register there? Can I remain registered in my hometown if I go away to school?
- A10. Colorado law allows college students to keep their voter registration in their hometown and vote by mail from college. This choice is up to the student. They may re-register in the jurisdiction where they are attending school, or they may retain their registration in their hometown.
Q5. If I am already registered to vote, do I need to register before each election?
- A5. If you have already registered to vote, you do not need to register again. But if you moved, you must update your voter registration with your new residence. Colorado electors may update their voter registration records, including address information, online at www.govotecolorado.com.
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