FAQ

Check out our frequently asked questions to make sure you are ready for every election

What is the deadline to register to vote?

In Person: Election Day. 

By Mail: Postmarked 8 days before Election Day.

Online: 8 days before Election Day. You can register online at the SOS website.

How will I know if my registration was processed?

If you are registering to vote for the first time in the state of Colorado, your application will be processed within 2 weeks. Approximately 20 days after your county clerk and recorder receives your registration form, you will receive an official information card by mail.

If you are using the Colorado Voter Registration Form to update an existing Colorado voter registration, you can check your status by visiting www.govotecolorado.gov and clicking on “Find My Registration”.

If you are pre-registering to vote, you will receive an official information card by mail and may check your status once you become eligible to vote

How do I get my ballot?

Every registered voter in Colorado receives a ballot by mail, to the address provided when registering to vote. You can also vote in person by going to a voter service and polling center. You can find locations or check your address on file at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.

What if I do not have a fixed permanent home?

Voters without a fixed permanent home should be registered at the place they consider their “home base”. “Home base” means a location the voter regularly returns to and intends to remain. This can include a park, vacant lot or homeless shelter.

It’s important that a voter who is registered at a location that does not receive mail also designates a mailing address where they can pick up their ballot. This mailing address can be anywhere that the voter has the ability to access their mail on a regular basis and can include a post office box. You can check or update your voter registration information by contacting your County Clerk or going to www.GoVoteColorado.gov
Voters in this situation who miss or are not able to access their mail ballot may always visit a polling center located in their county to vote.  You can find locations or check your address on file at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.

What if I was displaced due to a natural disaster?

Voters who have been displaced as a result of a natural disaster such as fire, flood, tornado, or other event may still use their previous address as their residence for voter registration purposes while temporarily living at another location.

If you are displaced from your permanent residence, but have plans to return, you may remain registered to vote at that address. However, if you are living at a temporary location, you may need to update your mailing address on your voter record in order to ensure that you receive a mail ballot in the next election.
You can check or update your voter registration information by contacting your County Clerk or going to www.govotecolorado.gov.

How do I make sure my ballot is counted?

Make sure that your ballot is valid by following all the instructions in the mail ballot envelope. This includes making sure you sign your ballot. 

Your county clerk must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are unsure of the time it would take for the ballot to be delivered by mail, you can drop it off in person at a drop-box or drop-off location, which are open 24 hours a day. You can find these locations at the secretary of state website. 

If you are registering to vote for the first time, you might need to include a copy of your ID with your ballot. These instructions will be provided on your ballot.

Can convicted felons vote?

In Colorado, those convicted of a felony are disenfranchised only as long as they are incarcerated; those on parole, probation, or with unpaid restitution and fines regain their right to vote

You can 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; OR
  • Are no longer serving a term of imprisonment due to a felony conviction

If you were previously registered and were incarcerated due to a felony conviction, that registration will have been canceled and you must re-register if you wish to vote

Who can register to vote?

All Coloradans who fulfill the following requirements:

  • 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

Do I need to show an ID when voting?

If it is not your first time voting by mail you do not need to show an ID to vote. 

If you are voting by mail for the first time, and you didn’t provide a form of ID when registering, you would need to provide a copy of ID along with your mail ballot.

If you are voting in person you will need a valid form of identification at the time you vote. They must show you have a Colorado address for it to qualify. 

Valid forms of ID include:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid ID card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
  • A valid US passport
  • A valid employee ID card with a photograph issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US government or of Colorado, or by any county, municipality, board, authority, or other political subdivision of Colorado
  • A valid pilot’s license issued by the federal aviation administration or other authorized agency of the US
  • A valid US military ID card with a photograph
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your current name and address
  • A certificate of Degree of Indiana or Alaskan Native Blood
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
  • A certified copy of a US birth certificate
  • Certified documentation of naturalization
  • A valid student ID card with a photograph issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
  • A valid veteran ID card with photo
  • An valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership

How do I know if my mail ballot has been mailed?

You can log in to your voting record at www.GoVoteColorado.gov. There it should show you the status of your mail ballot. If you have any questions or encounter any issues, contact your local county clerk and recorder. You can also track your ballot at CO ballottrax.

Can I change the address where my ballot is being sent to?

Yes. Submit an address change to your local county clerk and recorder at least 8 days before Election Day.

Can I leave a question on my ballot blank?

Yes. If you do not wish to vote for a candidate or question on the ballot, the rest of the votes on the ballot will be counted

When do in-person voting centers open?

Colorado has all mail voting, but voting centers open 15 days before Election Day. They are open from 7 am to 7 pm. You can find the locations at https://coloradosos.gov/pubs/elections/VIP.html

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Contact your county clerk and recorder. You can find a list with contact information at www.govotecolorado.gov

You may also contact the Secretary of State’s office

Phone: 303-894-2200

Fax: 303-869-4861

Email: State.ElectionDivision@coloradosos.gov

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