Q1. Who is eligible to
vote in Colorado?
A1. You are eligible to vote if you:
- will be 18 years of age
or older at the time of the next election,
- are a United States
- have resided in Colorado
22 days immediately before the election at which you intend to vote,
- are not serving a
sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.
Q2. Why do I have to
register to vote?
A2. Voter registration is a means of determining
the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states
require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election
Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by
preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.
Q3. When is the last day
to register to vote before an election?
A3. Colorado law allows you to register to vote through
Election Day. But please note that how
you register to vote matters. The
appropriate deadlines are:
- You may submit an
application through the mail, a voter registration agency, a local driver’s
license examination facility, or a voter registration drive no later than 22
days before an election.
- You may register through
www.govotecolorado.com through the 8th day before the election.
- You may register to vote
by appearing in-person at a voter service and polling center through Election Day.
- You may change or
withdraw your party affiliation no later than 29 days before the election.
Q4. How do I register to
A4. Online or Remote:
Registering to vote is
free and easy. If you have a Colorado State driver's license or ID card
issued by the Department of Revenue you may register to vote online at www.govotecolorado.com. If you are already a registered voter in
Colorado you may confirm your registration at this website. Once your
registration is verified, you can use your driver’s license number to update
your address and party affiliation online as well.
Printable voter registration forms are also available on the Secretary of
State's web site. You can obtain a paper voter registration form at your county
clerk’s office. You may mail, fax, or scan and email your complete and signed
form to your county clerk’s office.
Voter registration is
also offered at:
- A Colorado Department of
Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver's license, or update your
driver's license information.
- All offices that provide
public assistance, including offices that provide state funded programs
primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities.
- Recruitment offices of
the armed forces of the United States.
- Any federal, state local
government, or nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration
service or applications. A voter service and polling center.
Q5. If I am already
registered to vote, do I need to register before each election?
A5. If you have already registered to vote, you do
not need to register again. But if you moved, you must update your voter
registration with your new residence. Colorado electors may update their
voter registration records, including address information, online at www.govotecolorado.com.
Q6. What does residence
mean for purposes of voter registration and voting?
A6. When applied to voter registration, the term
residence generally means the principal or primary home or place in which a
person lives. A residence is a permanent building or part of a building
and may include a house, apartment, condominium, room in a house, mobile home,
or building. An elector who has no fixed permanent address may use any
address that he or she considers a “home base” where the elector regularly
returns to and has the intent to remain. You must provide a legal residence or
“home base” to register to vote. Once that residence is established, it exists
until a new residence is established. But you may not have more than one legal
Q7. How do I change my
A7. If you have a Colorado driver's license or ID
card issued by the Department of Revenue you may update your address online at www.govotecolorado.com. In addition, you may complete and submit
a letter or voter registration form (PDF) to your county clerk and recorder, either by mail, fax, email or
in person. You may also appear in-person at a voter service and polling center
and update or change your address immediately prior to or on Election Day. For more information, please contact your County Election Office.
Q8. If my home is in
foreclosure, will I be allowed to vote?
A8. Every eligible elector has the right to vote in
Colorado. The fact that your home is in foreclosure has no bearing on your
right to vote. It may, however, affect where you vote. If you have
adopted a new residence, you will need to update your voter registration with your
new residence. How foreclosure may affect voter registration.
Q9. What if I’m in the
military or a student?
A9. For the purposes of registration and voting, no
person may gain residence because of that person’s presence in the state nor
lose it by being absent while in military
service or a student at any
institution of higher learning.
Q10. I am planning to go
away to college, should I wait to register there? Can I remain registered in my
hometown if I go away to school?
A10. Colorado law allows college students to keep
their voter registration in their hometown and vote by mail from college. This
choice is up to the student. They may re-register in the jurisdiction where
they are attending school, or they may retain their registration in their
Q11. How do I obtain
proof of my voter registration in Colorado?
A11. You may visit www.govotecolorado.com and print out your voter record
information. Or, you may contact your local county elections official for a certificate of registration.
Q12. Is it legal for
people to use my address for their voter registration even though they don’t
live here anymore?
A12. Yes. In many circumstances, it is the only
address they can use for voter registration. For example, a member of the armed
services stationed out of state or a student attending school abroad who
formerly resided at your address, may use that address for voter registration
and voting purposes.
Q13. My family member is
deceased, but his or her name is still active in the Colorado statewide voter
registration system. How can I have his or her name canceled?
A13. A family member of the deceased elector may
send a written signed notice to the county clerk’s office where the deceased
voter is registered. The notice must include the full name, date of
birth, and address of the deceased elector.
Q14. What are the
penalties for voting or registering to vote if I am ineligible?
A14. It is unlawful for any person to procure false
voter registration. A violation could result in a fine of up to $5,000, or
imprisonment in the county jail for up to 18 months, or both. Any person who
votes in an election knowing that they are not entitled to vote commits a class
5 felony. See sections 1-13-203 and 1-13-704.5, C.R.S.
Q15. Besides registering
to vote and voting on Election Day, how can I be more involved in the election
A15. If you are 18 years old, you can serve your
community as an election judge. If you are at least 16 years old and a student
in good standing and either a junior or senior in high school at the time of
the election, you are also eligible to serve as a student election judge. If
you are interested in serving as an election judge, please contact your county