Voter FAQ

How do I register to vote in Colorado?

ONLINE: If you have a Colorado driver’s license or state-issued identification card, you can register to vote online using the Colorado Secretary of State’s website. If you register by Monday, October 29, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you register after this date, you will need to visit a Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a ballot or vote in person.

IN PERSON Starting on Monday, October 22, you can visit any Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) in your county to register to vote and cast a ballot. Remember, in Colorado you can register to vote up to and on Election Day - just be sure to get to a VSPC by 7 PM on Tuesday, November 6.

You can easily locate your closest Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) by using the map feature on our homepage. Instructions: scroll down to the map, select “Voter Service & Polling Center” as your destination, select your county, enter your address, and click “search”. Your closest VSPCs will be listed below the map, along with their address and hours of operation, in order of proximity to your address. Please note that you will need to provide one piece of identification from this list to vote at the Voter Service & Polling Center.

How do I vote in Colorado?

Every person who is registered to vote in the state of Colorado has two options for voting:

VOTE YOUR MAIL BALLOT
Every Coloradan who is registered to vote at their current address by October 29 should receive a ballot in the mail. You can return your ballot by mail OR deposit it at a drop box or Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC). If you mail your ballot, remember to include postage! The recommended last day to return your ballot via mail is Tuesday, October 30.

You can easily locate your closest VSPC or ballot drop box by using the map feature on our homepage. Instructions: scroll down to the map, select “both” as your destination, select your county, enter your address and click “search”. The sites where you can deposit your ballot will be listed below the map, along with their address and hours of operation, in order of proximity to your address.

VOTE IN PERSON
If you did not receive a ballot in the mail, lost or ruined your mail ballot, or want to vote in person, visit any VSPC in your county of residence. You can easily locate your closest Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) by using the map feature on our homepage. Instructions: scroll down to the map, select “Voter Service & Polling Center” as your destination, select your county, enter your address, and click “search”. Your closest VSPCs will be listed below the map, along with their address and hours of operation, in order of proximity to your address.

Please note that you will need to provide one piece of identification from this list at the Voter Service & Polling Center.

I am a registered Colorado voter. How do I update my voter registration record (to change my address, party affiliation, etc.)?

You have several options for updating your voter registration record:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
You can easily update your voter registration record online using the Secretary of State’s website. If you register or update your registration by Monday, October 29, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you register after this date, you will need to visit a Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a ballot or vote in person.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email
Fill out and sign the Colorado voter registration application located here. Make sure to complete Section 8, “Updating a Current Record”. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here. If you register or update your registration by Monday, October 29, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you register after this date, you will need to visit a Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a ballot or vote in person.

3. Voter Service & Polling Center
You can update your registration at any Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) in your county. You can also pick up a new mail ballot, or vote in person on a machine, while at the VSPC. You can look up your closest VSPC and view their hours on our Just Vote! Colorado website: www.JustVoteColorado.org. Please note that you will need to provide one piece of identification from this list to vote at the Voter Service & Polling Center.

When will my ballot arrive?

Mail ballots will be mailed to all Colorado voters beginning on Monday, October 15. If you have not received your ballot by Monday, October 22, you can go to any VSPC in your county to get a replacement ballot or vote in person.

I didn’t get my mail ballot. Can I still vote?

Yes. To request a ballot in-person, or vote in-person, visit any VSPC in your county. See our homepage for a map of VSPCs near you, and their days and hours of operation.

I want to return my ballot by mail. Do I need a stamp?

Yes. All counties require that you attach postage to your ballot before mailing it back. However, this amount may vary between counties. If you have questions about how much postage to affix to your mail ballot, contact your county clerk and recorder, or consult the instructions that will accompany your mail ballot. The recommended last day to return your ballot via mail is Tuesday, October 30.

I made an incorrect mark on my mail ballot. Can I get a new one?

Yes. To request a replacement ballot in-person or vote in-person, visit any VSPC in your county. See our homepage for a map of VSPCs near you, and their days and hours of operation.

Can I vote in person?

Yes. You can vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in your county. See our homepage for a map of VSPCs near you, and their days and hours of operation.

How do I know if I am registered to vote?

You can look up your registration status on the Secretary of State’s website. Alternately, you can visit any Voter Service & Polling Center in your county beginning on Monday, October 22.

What is the last day I can register to vote in order to vote in the election?

You can register to vote any time up to and including Election Day. In order to receive a mail ballot, you must register by October 29. Visit any VSPC in your county to register in-person and cast a ballot. See our homepage for a map of VSPCs near you, and their days and hours of operation.

Do I have to show my ID to vote in person?

Yes, identification IS required in order to vote in person, but it does not need to be a photo ID. Click here to find out what types of documents are accepted.

When does my ballot have to be returned?

All ballots must be received by the County Clerk by 7:00 PM on Election Day, November 6, 2018. Postmarks DO NOT count. The recommended last day to return your ballot via mail is Tuesday, October 30.

I will be temporarily away from my residence in Colorado during the 2018 election. Can I still vote?

Yes - you can request that your mail ballot be mailed to your temporary location. You can do this in one of the following ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Visit the Secretary of State’s website. After locating your voter registration, click “change my address” (you will be prompted to verify your identify). Scroll down to “Mailing My Ballot to a Different Address” – this is where you should enter your temporary mailing address where you can receive your ballot. Submit your voter application until you see the page reading “confirmation - Your application has been received.” Make sure to update this information again once you return to Colorado.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email:
Fill out this form, being sure to include your temporary mailing address in section 6. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here. Make sure to update this information again once you return to Colorado.

IMPORTANT: If you update your registration by Monday, October 29, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you register after this date, you will need to visit a Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a ballot or vote in person.

I am a student from another state living in Colorado in order to attend school. Can I vote in Colorado?

Students have the right to register to vote at the location where they go to school. If you consider your school address in Colorado to be your primary home - the place that for the time being you return to after a departure or absence - then you can register to vote at that address.

If you do not consider your school address to be your primary home, then you should register to vote at the location that is your primary home. Contact your county election official in the state of your primary home to find out how to receive a ballot at your school address in Colorado.

Please note that your residence for voting purposes should be the same as your residence for motor vehicle registration and state income tax purposes. If you register to vote in Colorado, you cannot claim residency in any other state.

I am a resident of Colorado, but am attending school away from home. How can I vote?

If you claim your permanent residence as somewhere in Colorado, you can update your mailing address while keeping your permanent address the same. This way you will receive a mail ballot at your mailing address at school. You can do this in one of the following ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Visit the Secretary of State’s website. After locating your voter registration, click “change my address” (you will be prompted to verify your identify). Scroll down to “Mailing My Ballot to a Different Address” – this is where you should enter your temporary mailing address where you can receive your ballot. Submit your voter application until you see the page reading “Confirmation - Your application has been received.” Make sure to update this information again once you return to Colorado.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email:
Fill out this form, being sure to include your temporary mailing address in section 6. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here. Make sure to update this information again once you return to Colorado.

IMPORTANT: If you update your registration by Monday, October 29, you will receive a ballot in the mail. If you register after this date, you will need to visit a Voter Service & Polling Center (VSPC) to pick up a ballot or vote in person.

I am a Colorado resident and a member of the armed forces. I am currently out of the state on active duty. How can I vote?

Colorado citizens who are active military personnel (including their spouses and voting-age dependents) who are absent from the state are eligible to register and vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). As a UOCAVA voter, you have the option to receive a ballot for every election in which you are eligible to vote by mail, fax, or email.

You can register for UOCAVA in two ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Look up your voter record on the Secretary of State’s website. Enter in your name, zip code, and birthdate and click “submit.” This should bring up your voter record. Under voter information, click “change my address.” Enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID number and click “submit.” At the bottom of the form, you will see “UOCAVA Status.” Indicate that you are a military voter, and how you would like your ballot to be delivered to you (mail, fax, or email). Make sure to include your fax number, email address, and/or mailing address that corresponds with the delivery option you choose.

2. Via Mail, Fax, or Email
Complete and submit the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

For more information about UOCAVA voters, visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

I am a Colorado resident living overseas. Can I vote in Colorado?

Residents of Colorado living outside of the United States (either temporarily or permanently) who were residents of Colorado immediately before leaving the United States are eligible to register and vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). As a UOCAVA voter, you will have the option to receive a ballot for every election in which you are eligible to vote by mail, fax, or email.

You can register for UOCAVA in one of two ways:

1. Online (requires a current Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Look up your voter record on the Secretary of State’s website. Enter in your name, zip code, and birthdate and click “submit.” This should bring up your voter record. Under voter information, click “change my address.” Enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID number and click “submit.” At the bottom of the form, you will see “UOCAVA Status.” Indicate that you are an overseas voter, and how you would like your ballot to be delivered to you (mail, fax, or email). Make sure to include your fax number, email address, and/or mailing address that corresponds with the delivery option you choose.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email
Complete and submit the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

For more information about UOCAVA voters, visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

I am a Colorado resident with a criminal record. Am I allowed to vote?

The following individuals are eligible to register and vote in Colorado:

• People with a past criminal conviction (felony and/or misdemeanor) who have completed their sentence, including parole (if required)
• People currently in jail pretrial (pending the outcome of the criminal case)
• People currently on probation for either a misdemeanor or a felony
• People currently in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence only

Individuals who are presently incarcerated for a felony, or who are serving parole for a felony, are currently not eligible to vote. However, they will be eligible to vote after completing their sentence. They will need to re-register to vote. See above on how to register to vote.

For more information about the voting rights of incarcerated or previously incarcerated individuals, visit the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition's "Voting with Conviction" website.