Voting in Colorado

Voting in Colorado

Summary

Federal & state elections on the ballot: US Senator, 7 US House members, Governor, and State Senate and House members

Ballot measures:

The Colorado Division of Elections, part of the Secretary of State, oversees all Alaska elections.

About

Contact

Email: Division of Elections

Locations

Colorado Division of Elections
1700 Broadway
Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
Phone: 303-894-2200
Fax: 303-869-4861

Web

Division of Elections, Ballot Measures

Registering to Vote

General Information

Who can register

To register in Colorado you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States;
  • be a resident of Colorado 22 days prior to Election Day;
  • be 18 years old on or before Election Day; and
  • not be serving a sentence of detention, confinement, or parole for a felony conviction.

How to register

    1. Use our Register to Vote form below to fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
    2. Sign and date your form. This is very important!
    3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form to the address we provide.
    4. Make sure you register before the voter registration deadline.

Election Day registration
You can register and cast a ballot up through Election Day by appearing in-person at a Voter Service and Polling Center during the Early Voting period or on Election Day. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.

Voting Rights restoration

If you have been convicted of a felony and have questions about whether you can register to vote, visit Restore Your Vote to determine your eligibility.

Registration Status (form)

New Registration (form)

Voting

General Information

Voting as a Student

Learn more from Campus Vote Project about voting for students.

Overseas and Military Voting

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.

Voting 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.

Early Voting

Early voting is available and no excuse is required.

Early voting is available during regular business hours for 8 days before a primary election and for 15 days before a General 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.

Vote by Mail (Absentee)

Absentee ballot rules

All registered Colorado voters receive mail ballots. You only need to apply for an absentee ballot if you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual address.

How to get Absentee ballot

All registered Colorado voters receive mail ballots. You only need to apply for an absentee ballot if you need your ballot mailed someplace other than your usual address.  If that’s the case:

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot form below to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

What to do next

    1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
    2. Sign and date where indicated.
    3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
    4. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
    5. If you want to vote in-person, you may return your mail ballot and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. Even if you do not return your mail ballot you may still vote in person. Once you vote in person your county clerk will not accept for counting any ballot that was mailed to you. The deadline to vote in-person is 7:00 PM on Election Day.

Absentee ballot application deadline

  • In Person: On Election Day.
  • By Mail: 8 days before Election Day.
  • Online: On Election Day

Absentee ballot submission deadline

Received by Election Day.

Absentee Ballot (form)

Elections Alert (Form)

Poll Information

Polling Place Locator

All registered voters receive a mail ballot which may be completed, mailed or dropped off to be received by the county clerk office by 7pm on Election Day.

To vote in person, the Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) are open 10 days before a Primary election and 15 days before a General Election during regular business hours. On Election Days, the Voter Service and Polling Centers are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

VSPC are located in each county to provide the following election services:

  • Registration at any time up to and including Election Day
  • Change address if registered elsewhere in Colorado
  • Drop off completed ballot
  • Surrender ballot to vote in person

Contact your county election office for Voter Service and Polling Center locations.

Polling Place Hours

All registered voters receive a mail ballot which may be completed, mailed or dropped off to be received by the county clerk office by 7pm on Election Day.

To vote in person, the Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) are open 8 days before a Primary election and 15 days before a General Election during regular business hours. On Election Days, the Voter Service and Polling Centers are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

VSPC are located in each county to provide the following election services:

  • Registration at any time up to and including Election Day
  • Change address if registered elsewhere in Colorado
  • Drop off completed ballot
  • Surrender ballot to vote in person

Contact your county election office for Voter Service and Polling Center locations.

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 the CO SOS Poll Judges.

Division of Elections

Secretary of State

Jena Marie Griswold is Colorado’s 39th Secretary of State, and began her term on January 8, 2019.

Jena GriswoldShe is the youngest elected Secretary of State in the United States. Griswold grew up in a working-class family in rural Colorado and was the first person in her family to attend a four-year college and then law school. She knows first-hand how important it is for every vote to count and for every Coloradan’s voice to be heard, no matter their background or income. She will protect our right to vote, fight secret political spending, improve transparency, and stand up to those who try to bend the rules or break the law.

Griswold has practiced international anti-corruption law and worked as a voter protection attorney, where she made sure Coloradans were able to participate in our democracy. She served as the Director of the Governor of Colorado’s DC Office, advocating on behalf of Colorado in D.C. During that time, Griswold was instrumental in bringing back hundreds of millions of relief dollars to help the Colorado communities hit by the 2013 flood. Before her election to Colorado Secretary of State, Griswold ran her own small business, a legal practice in Louisville.

Griswold holds a B.A. in Politics and Spanish Literature from Whitman College and a J.D from University of Pennsylvania Law School. Griswold is fluent in Spanish and a graduate of Estes Park High School in Estes Park, Colorado. In 2006, Griswold was awarded the Watson Fellowship, and in 2009, the Penn Law International Human Rights Fellowship. Griswold lives in Louisville, Colorado.

“I am honored to serve the people of Colorado as Secretary of State. I will protect our elections and increase voter turnout, fight secret political spending, and provide Colorado’s small businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to succeed. Our state and our country deserve a democracy that we all can believe in.” – Jena Griswold

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