How to Vote in Colorado

Kelly Hernandez
A man puts a vote in a ballet box with the Colorado state flag in the background.
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How to Register to Vote in Colorado

The Colorado Secretary of State makes it easy to register to vote as a Colorado resident. If you have a Colorado driver’s license or identification card already, you can register to vote online. If you don’t already have a state-issued ID or license, you must complete a paper voter registration form and mail, fax, or bring it to one of the following:

  • A Colorado Motor Vehicle office (when you obtain your ID or license);
  • A state office that provides public assistance;
  • An Armed Forces recruitment office;
  • A state, local government, or federal government office that offers voter registration;
  • A polling center.

You must give your full name, address, and date of birth. You also must provide your Colorado ID or driver’s license number. If you don’t have a Colorado ID or license, you must provide your Social Security number. The form isn’t valid unless you sign and date it. If you choose to complete a paper registration form, you can mail it to:

Colorado Department of State
Elections Division
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290.

If you successfully register to vote at least eight days before the next election, you’ll receive a mailed ballot that you can complete and mail back. However, if you register closer to election day, you must vote in person.

Keep in mind, it takes the county clerk and recorder about two weeks to process your voter registration once it’s received. You should receive your official voter registration card by mail within 20 days. If you attempt to vote in person after registering but before receiving your voter registration card, bring your Colorado driver’s license or ID card with you.

Am I Registered to Vote in Colorado?

You can check your voter registration status online to see if your application was processed. To check the status, you must provide your:

  • First name;
  • Last name;
  • Zip code;
  • Date of birth.

If your registration status isn’t valid, you can still show up at a polling place on election day to vote with your Colorado ID or license. If you received a mail-in ballot and you’ve already sent it out, you can also check the status of your mailed ballot online.

Early Voting in Colorado

Colorado mails out ballots to all registered voters, regardless of if they request to vote by mail or not. If you prefer to vote early in person, you can visit your polling place during voting hours 15 days before the election. Early voting ends one day before the election. However, if you don’t want to use your mailed ballot, you can choose to visit your polling place on election day to submit your ballot in person.

If you use the mailed ballot that was sent, you must mail it back to your own county clerk’s office at the address provided on the envelope. For your vote to count, the county clerk must receive your ballot by 7 p.m. on election day.

Voting in Colorado on Election Day

The general election will be held in all states on November 3, 2020. If you decide not to use the mailed ballot and to vote in person on election day, you can look up your nearest polling place when you check your voter registration status online. You’re provided with the address of your polling place, its hours on election day, and what you need to bring with you.

Most polling places in Colorado are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on general election day.

Why Voting Is Important

While mailing in a piece of paper or casting your vote in a local polling place as a single resident may not seem like it has a big impact, voting is an important right to exercise. Elected officials are in charge of pertinent issues that affect your everyday life, including:

By exercising your right to vote, you have your say in which state or federal official you feel most closely aligns with your views.

Now that you know how to register to vote in Colorado, it’s important to ensure your voter registration is up to date and on file with the Secretary of State. Vote in the general election by mail or in person on November 3, 2020 so you can make your voice heard.

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