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You are eligible to register to vote if you:
• Are a United States citizen
• Are 16 years of age, but you must be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election at which you intend to vote.
• Are a Colorado resident for at least 22 days before the election at which you intend to vote
• Are not serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction
The easiest way to register is online at www.GoVoteColorado.com. However, you may also register to vote by mail, or in person at the Denver Elections Division, (200 W. 14th Ave., Denver), or at any number of other agencies including Denver Motor Vehicle offices and offices of the Denver Department of Human Services.
See more information on the Voter Registration page. If you choose not to register online, you may download a voter registration form on the Voter Forms page. Be sure to fill out the voter registration form completely and sign it before submitting it.
The easiest way to change your registration is to do it online at www.GoVoteColorado.com. However, you may also update your registration by mail, or in person at the Denver Elections Division, (200 W. 14th Ave., Denver), or at any number of other agencies including Denver Motor Vehicle offices and offices of the Denver Department of Human Services.
If you choose not to do this online, download the standard voter registration form on the Voter Forms page and make your changes on this form.
You may now register to vote in person up to and on the day of the election. Online voter registration ends 8 days prior to the election. More information is available on the Voter Information page.
Check your registration status at www.GoVoteColorado.com. If you are classified as "inactive," the result returned will state that your voter registration information may not be current, and that you should contact your county voter registration office to re-activate your voter status.
While looking at your registration record online, notice whether your address is correct. If it is outdated, update your address while on that website. Doing so will re-activate your voter status. You can also re-activate your voter status without making any changes to your registration record.
Those convicted of misdemeanors do not lose their right to vote. Those convicted of felonies regain their right to vote once incarceration and any parole have been completed. See Voting and Convictions FAQs on the Colorado Secretary of State website.
See also the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition Voting Project.
No. If you miss voting in any General Election, we will mail you a card stating that you did not vote in that election. By signing and returning the card, you are verifying that you have not changed your address or name and your voter registration will be returned to "active" status.
You had a piece of elections mail returned to the Elections Division as "undeliverable" by the Post Office and did not return the confirmation card the Elections Division subsequently sent to you.
If you have moved, notify the Elections Division that your current registration information has changed and you still wish to remain registered. By updating your registration information or by voting in the next election, your status will become "active" again.
You may update your address online at www.GoVoteColorado.com. If you choose not to do this online, download the standard voter registration form on the Voter Forms page and make your changes on this form.
The Election Division has only limited authority under state and federal laws to cancel voter registrations. There are specific, restricted situations in which the division is authorized to delete names. Visit the registration cancellations page for detailed information.
Yes! Mail ballots may be dropped off at any Denver Voter Service and Polling Center on Election Day including the Denver Elections Division, 200 W. 14th Avenue. Ballots may also be dropped off at any of our 24 hour drop-off boxes located across Denver. For locations please click here.
Voters do not need to apply for a mail ballot. Ballots will automatically be mailed to all active voters. If, however, you have moved since the last election, you will need to update your voter status in order to receive a ballot. Mailed ballots are not forwardable. You may update your address online until 8 days before the election. Within 8 days of the election or on Election Day you may update your address at any Voter Service and Polling Center and be issued a ballot. Check your voter status here: www.GoVoteColorado.com.
No. The first ballot to be returned to the Denver Elections Division will be credited to the voter to whom it was issued. If any additional ballot should come back for that voter, it will be locked out and rejected by the system.
Ballot return postage varies from election to election due to size of the ballot and the weight of the mail ballot packet. The cost to mail a ballot back for the November 5, 2013 Coordinated Election is 66 cents.
Yes. By law, voters must be given time to vote without loss of pay if they do not have sufficient time to vote outside of regular working hours.
Federal law requires that every voting site be accessible to all voters. In choosing and preparing polling places, the Denver Elections Division makes every effort to ensure that this is the case, including the installation of temporary ramps and the designation of ample parking places for people with disabilities. Despite these preparations, if you should find a location inaccessible to you, please call 311 for immediate assistance.
An additional choice that is open to everyone is to send in a Mail-In Ballot Application (find one on the Voter Forms page). This is a convenient way to vote.
Yes. There is no Election Day restriction upon the sale of alcoholic beverages by those lawfully licensed to do so. However, no alcohol is permitted at polling places.
The Federal Help America Vote Act mandates that no voter be turned away without the ability to cast a ballot. Whenever a voter’s registration, identification or residency is in question, the voter is given a ballot nevertheless. This voted and sealed ballot is then marked "provisional" and segregated from other ballots. After Election Day, the voter registrations of provisional ballots are researched. If a registration is deemed valid, the ballot is counted. If deemed invalid, the ballot is not counted.
Election officials have 14 days after the General Election to research the validity of all provisional ballots and submit that information to the Colorado Secretary of State. The election judge will give you a receipt when you cast a provisional ballot. This receipt provides information on how you may determine the status of your provisional ballot. Additional information on provisional ballots can be found on the Colorado Secretary of State's website.
Electioneering is not permitted within 100 feet of any Voter Service and Polling Center. This includes handouts, yard signs, banners, campaign T-shirts, political buttons, and any other item that names or promotes your cause. Any person in violation of this provision commits a misdemeanor.
Campaign workers should understand that VSPCs are hosted at a wide variety of public and private properties. Electioneering beyond the 100-foot mark at any given VSPC is subject to the rules of the particular property owner. Property rights should be respected.
Many Voter Service and Polling Centers are on private property. Also, the area at the 100-foot limit (where campaigning may legally take place) could be private property. Campaigners need to get the permission of the affected property owner before using the property for a campaign sign or for handing out campaign literature. Campaigners should understand that property owners have the right to withhold this permission.
Electioneering is not permitted within 100 feet of any Voter Service and Polling Center. This includes hats, T-shirts, buttons or any other item that promotes a candidate or cause on the ballot. Any person in violation of this provision commits a misdemeanor.
Voters will be allowed into the VSPC only after removing campaign hats or buttons, or changing a campaign T-shirt, or covering it with a jacket or sweater.
Yes. An unaffiliated voter who has already requested a mail-in ballot may affiliate with a particular party during early voting or on Primary Election Day. You may bring your unvoted ballot to the Denver Elections Division, 200 W. 14th Ave. (corner of 14th and Bannock), to turn it in. You will then fill out a declaration of party affiliation and be issued a new ballot.
If you attempt to turn in your unvoted ballot for this purpose, at an early voting site or at a precinct polling place, you will be issued a provisional ballot only.
Caucuses are neighborhood meetings held by Colorado's major political parties every two years in early spring, prior to the presidential or gubernatorial elections. People in the same political party begin their party’s nominating and delegate selection process at neighborhood caucus. Caucuses are not connected or associated with the Denver Elections Division.
For more information about caucuses, visit www.denverdemocrats.net, or www.denvergop.org or call your county party (Democratic Party: 303-830-8242; Republican Party: 303-782-9555).
Parties hold presidential caucuses that decide on delegates to the party's national convention. Only the participants of the caucuses have a say in Colorado's presidential nomination process. The Primary Election held in June allows party-affiliated voters to vote for their party's state and federal office nominees, but does not include the presidential race on the ballot.
For more information, visit www.denverdems.org, or www.denvergop.org or call your county party (Democratic Party: 303-830-8242; Republican Party: 303-782-9555).
It depends. If you are registered as unaffiliated, you may change your affiliation to Democrat or Republican in order to vote in that party's primary. If you are affiliated with one party, you may not change your affiliation on Election Day in order to vote in the other party's primary.
Check your voter registration status GoVoteColorado.com