Primary Election FAQs

Q. Who is eligible to vote in Colorado’s primary election?

Every person who will be 18 years of age or older on June 26, a U.S. citizen, and a legal resident of Colorado is entitled to register and vote in Colorado. Persons who have been convicted of felonies are eligible to vote if they are no longer incarcerated or serving a sentence of parole.

Q. I didn’t get my ballot. What do I do?

If it is before June 18, 2018, you can contact your county clerk and advise the clerk’s office that you did not receive a ballot and ask for a ballot to be mailed to you. Make sure to check your voter registration address at www.govotecolorado.com and update it if need be. If it is after June 18th, or if you would prefer to vote in person, you can go to any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county between June 18-26 and register or update your registration, if need be, and vote in person. You can find a list of VSPCs in your county at www.justvotecolorado.org or at your county clerk’s website.

Q. I made a mistake filling out my ballot. What do I do?

You will need to obtain a replacement ballot. You can obtain a replacement ballot by mail if it is before June 18, 2018, by contacting your county clerk and asking for a replacement ballot to be mailed to you. Make sure to check your voter registration address at www.govotecolorado.com and update it if need be. If it is after June 18th, or if you would prefer to vote in person, you can go to any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county and register or update your registration, if need be, and vote in person. You can find a list of VSPCs in your county at www.justvotecolorado.org or at your county clerk’s website.

Q. Where are my polling locations?

If you prefer to vote in person, you can vote at any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county. You can find a list of VSPCs in your county at www.justvotecolorado.org or at your county clerk’s website.

Q. Where are my ballot drop-off locations?

You can drop off your ballot at any drop box in your county. All VSPCs have drop boxes and there are additional stand-alone drop boxes in most counties. You can find a list of the drop boxes in your county at www.justvotecolorado.org or at your county clerk’s website.

Q. Can I still register to vote?

Yes! Colorado is a same-day registration state which means that you can register and vote at any time up to and including on election day, June 26, 2018, You can register at www.govotecolorado.com or in person at your county clerk’s office or at any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county between June 18-26.

Q. I am unaffiliated. Can I vote in the primary?

Yes! Starting in 2018, unaffiliated voters can vote in Colorado primaries. Unaffiliated voters who are already registered to vote will receive both major political party’s ballots in the mail. Voters must choose which major party’s primary election in which to participate and may only vote one party’s primary ballot but NOT BOTH. Unaffiliated voters who prefer to vote in person can go to any Voter Service and Polling Center in their county and register or update their registration, if need be, and vote in person by requesting the ballot of the major political party of their choice. You can find a list of VSPCs in your county at www.justvotecolorado.org or at your county clerk’s website.

Q. What are the hours?

Voter Service and Polling Centers are open Monday June 18 through Tuesday June 26, except they will be closed on Sunday June 24. On June 26, all VSPCs are open from 7 am to 7 pm. On the remaining days, hours may vary some by county. Please contact your county clerk or go to www.justvotecolorado.org to find VSPC locations and hours in your county.

Q. Do I need an ID to vote?

All voters who vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center must provide identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time, you may also need to provide a photocopy of your identification when you return your mail ballot. Your ballot envelope should indicate if you need to provide a photocopy of your ID with your ballot.

The following documents are acceptable forms of identification:

  • A valid Colorado driver’s license or valid identification card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue. (Note:  documents issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S. are not acceptable forms of identification.)
  • A valid U.S. passport.
  • A valid employee identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the U.S. 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 U.S.
  • A valid U.S. military identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the name and address of the elector.
  • A Certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood.
  • A valid Medicare or Medicaid card issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
  • A certified copy of a U.S. birth certificate for the elector.
  • Certified documentation of naturalization.
  • A valid student identification card with a photograph of the eligible elector issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado, as defined in section 23-3.1-102(5), C.R.S..
  • A valid veteran identification card issued by the U.S. department of veterans affairs veterans health administration with a photograph of the eligible elector.
  • A valid identification card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership.

Note that unless you are using a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other govt document, your identification address does not need to match your voter registration address. However, any form of identification listed above that shows your address must show a Colorado address to qualify as an acceptable form of identification.

The following documents are also considered acceptable forms of identification for voting:

  • Verification that a voter is a resident of a group residential facility, as defined in section 1-1-104(18.5), C.R.S.
  • Verification that a voter is a person committed to the department of human services and confined and eligible to register and vote shall be considered sufficient identification of such person for the purposes of section 1-2-210.5, C.R.S.

The following are NOT acceptable forms of identification:

  • A driver’s license or identification card issued to not lawfully present and temporarily lawfully present individuals under Part 5 of Article 2 of Title 42, C.R.S.
  • Any document produced by Colorado’s statewide voter registration system. 

Q. What if I am a student with 2 residences?

Colorado law allows college students that are residents of Colorado to keep their voter registration in their hometown and vote by mail from college. This decision is up to the student. If the student is attending school in Colorado but comes from another state, the student will have to decide if they view Colorado as their residence and if so, they can register and vote in Colorado. 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, and condominium, room in a house, mobile home, or building. You must have a residence in order to register to vote. Once that residence is established, it exists until a new residence is established. However, you may not have more than one residence. If a student votes in Colorado, they cannot vote in any other state.

Q. What if I am military voting overseas?

Every person who will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election, a U.S. citizen, and a legal resident of Colorado is entitled to register and vote in Colorado. For the purposes of military and overseas electors, “resident of Colorado” means that:

  • For a military elector or dependent, they consider Colorado to be their home but are absent because of the service member’s active duty or service.
  • For an overseas elector, their last legal residence before leaving the U.S. was in Colorado.

Military and overseas voters can have their ballots mailed to them overseas. You must contact your county clerk to let the clerk know that you are overseas and make arrangements to receive your ballot. You can find more information about military and overseas voting at

http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/FAQs/UOCAVA.html

Q. I am homeless. Can I vote?

Yes. A homeless voter may use as their residence any address within a specific precinct that he/she regularly returns to and has the intent to remain. Homeless voters can go to any VSPC in their residence county to register and vote. Homeless voters may also vote by mail if they have a current mailing address in their voter registration record.