Voting FAQs


If you have issues voting, please call our Voter Protection Hotline at (720) 580-0148.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT VOTING

Where can I turn in my ballot?

In Colorado, you have a few options on how to vote! You can either mail your ballot back by using adequate postage, turn it in to a Ballot Drop Box, or take it to a Voter Service and Polling Center in the county that you’re registered in!

How do I register to vote in Colorado?

1) Online. Requires a valid driver’s license or ID. You can register online using this link. 2) Mail, fax, or email. Fill out and sign the Colorado voter registration application located here. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. 3) Register in person. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

How do I vote in the 2020 Primary Elections in Colorado?

Please note there will be two primary elections in 2020. Presidential Primary (Tuesday, March 3, 2020): Ballots will be mailed to every active registered Democrat and Unaffiliated* in Colorado beginning on February 14, 2020. Be certain that your address is current on your registration (see below on how to check and/or update your address). To return your voted mail ballot, either drop it in the mail (postage is required) or deposit it at a drop box or Voting Service Polling Center in your county. Nonpresidential Primary (Tuesday, June 30, 2020): Ballots for this primary will be mailed to every active registered Democrat and Unaffiliated* in Colorado beginning on June 8, 2020. Be certain that your address is current on your registration (see below on how to check and/or update your address). To return your voted mail ballot, either drop it in the mail (postage is required) or deposit it at a drop box or Voting Service Polling Center in your county. *Unaffiliated voters will receive both Democratic and Republican ballots so they can participate in both primary elections (Presidential and Nonpresidential) for either party. However, they may only vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary each election — not both. Unaffiliated voters should discard their unused ballots. To find the closest ballot drop-off site to you, visit IWillVote.com and enter your address. If you prefer to vote in person, you can do so at any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in your county beginning on February 24 for the Presidential Primary and June 22 for the Nonpresidential Primary. To find the closest VSPC to you, visit IWillVote.com and enter your address.

How do I vote in the 2020 General Election in Colorado?

Ballots for the 2020 General Election will be mailed to every active registered voter in Colorado beginning on October 9, 2020. Be certain that your address is current on your registration (see below on how to check and/or update your address). To return your voted mail ballot, either drop it in the mail (postage is required) or deposit it at a drop box or Voting Service Polling Center in your county. If you prefer to vote in person, you can do so at any Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in your county beginning on October 19, 2020. To find the closest VSPC to you, visit IWillVote.com and enter your address. Key 2020 General Election Dates: Friday, October 9 – Ballots for the 2020 general election will begin to be mailed to every active registered voter in Colorado. Monday, October 19 – In-person voting begins across the state. Monday, October 26 – Last day to register and receive a ballot in the mail. Monday, October 26 – Last day for a voter to put a completed ballot in the mail. Voters should go vote in-person or drop their completed ballot in a drop box after this date. Tuesday, November 3 – General election day! Polls open at 7am and close at 7pm.

I am a registered Colorado voter. How do I update my voter registration record (to change my voter affiliation, address, etc.)?

1) Online. Requires a valid Colorado license or ID. You can easily update your voter registration record online using the Secretary of State’s website. 2) Mail, fax or email. Fill out and sign the Colorado voter registration application located here. Make sure to complete Section 8, “Updating a Current Record”. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. 3) In person. You can update your registration at your county clerk and recorder or at your nearest Voter Service and Polling Center. There is no deadline — you can update your registration up to 6:59pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (Election Day) .A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here. To find the closest VSPC to you, visit IWillVote.com and enter your address.

Will I receive a ballot in the mail for the General Election?

Yes. All active registered voters who register by Monday, October 26 will receive a ballot in the mail. BE SURE YOUR ADDRESS IS CORRECT. If you are unsure whether you are registered at your current address, or you have moved, you should check your registration and update your address if necessary.

I didn’t get my ballot. Can I still vote?

Yes. You can request a new ballot be mailed to you any time before or on October 26 by contacting your county clerk and recorder. After October 26, you must request a ballot in-person, or vote in-person, by visiting any VSPC in your county.

What is the difference between a Primary and a General Election?

The State of Colorado holds a Presidential Primary Election every four years in March, a Nonpresidential Primary Election every two years in June, and a General Election the first Tuesday in November. The nominated candidates from each party’s primary ballot will be placed on the November General Election ballot. The winner of the November General Election will hold office.

Who is eligible to vote in the Primary and General Elections?

Primary Elections: If you are a U.S. citizen, a Colorado resident, a registered voter, will be 18 years old by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (the day of the General Election), and are not currently incarcerated* for a felony in jail or prison, you can participate in the Presidential and Nonpresidential Primary Elections. General Election: If you are a U.S. citizen, a Colorado resident, a registered voter, will be 18 years old by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (the day of the General Election), and are not currently incarcerated for a felony in jail or prison, you can participate in the General Election *If you have a felony on your record, but are on parole, on probation, or have already completed your sentencing, you have restorative voting rights and can participate in the Primary and General Elections.

What should I do if I do not receive my mail ballot or make a mistake, damage, or lose my mail ballot?

You may request a replacement mail ballot from your county clerk. You may also vote in-person at a voter service and polling center in the county that you are registered to vote in.

How do I get my ballot?

Every active voter now receives a mail ballot at the mailing address provided through their voter registration file. To check the address on file for your voter registration visit the Secretary of State’s website. If you would like to vote at the polls, you can vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. To do so, click here tofind your polling location.

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

You can go to www.GoVoteColorado.com to check the status of your ballot. Log into your voter record, which will show whether your mail ballot has been sent. If you have more questions about the status of your mail ballot, please contact your county clerk and recorder.

Will my mail ballot be counted? I heard that mail ballots might not be counted.

Every valid mail ballot is counted. Be sure to sign the envelope when you return your mail ballot. Your county clerk must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are not sure if your ballot will arrive in time, drop it off in person.

I got a mailing asking me to register to vote, but I thought I was already registered?

Many outside groups send these types of mailings before the election, but their information is often out-of-date. You can confirm that you are registered, visit GoVoteColorado.com or contact your county clerk and recorder.

I’ve looked up my record on GoVoteColorado.com, and it says I’m inactive. What does that mean?

If your record is inactive, it’s because the county clerk sent you mail that was returned as undeliverable by the post office. County clerks only mail ballots to active, registered voters. You can update your record and become active by visiting GoVoteColorado.com, filling out a paper voter registration form, or visiting any polling location in your county, beginning February 24 for the Presidential Primary, June 22 for the Nonpresidential Primary, and October 19 for the General Election.

What’s on my ballot?

You can view your sample ballot online by looking up your record on GoVoteColorado.com, or by clicking on the View my sample ballot link on our website at www.sos.state.co.us and entering your address.

I didn’t get my blue book or I have questions about my blue book. Who can I contact?

The Office of Legislative Council of the Colorado General Assembly is responsible for compiling and distributing the blue book, which describes the 13 statewide ballot measures and includes information about judges up for retention. For questions about a missing or defective bluebook, contact bluebook.ga@state.co.us. You can view an online version of the bluebook in English and in Spanish.

I’m traveling, a student, or temporarily away from Colorado. Can I still vote?

Yes. If you are within the United States, you can visit GoVoteColorado.com and provide the address where you want your ballot mailed. If you are overseas, you can also apply for an overseas ballot. If you haven’t left home yet, you can pick up a mail ballot packet early at your county clerk’s office.

I made an incorrect mark on my ballot, can I get a new one?

Yes. To request a replacement ballot in-person or vote in-person, visit any VSPC in your county. See IWillVote.com for a map of VSPCs near you, and their days and hours of operation. However, once you submit your ballot, you cannot correct any of the selections that you already made.

What happens if I do not sign my ballot, my signature does not match, or I forgot to include a copy of ID when my ballot said I needed to?

If your ballot is deficient and needs to be cured then your County Clerk will send you a letter in the mail and you will have until eight (8) days after the election to fix your ballot and ensure that it is counted.

If I am voting by mail, when must the county clerk and recorder receive my ballot?

If you plan to mail your ballot back, mail it in no later than February 24 for the Presidential Primary, June 22 for the Nonpresidential Primary, and October 26 for the General Election. Mail ballots must be received by the county clerk and recorder no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day, postmarks do not count. If you do not mail your ballot by the dates specified, please turn in your ballot at a drop box or a Voter Service and Polling Center up to 7:00 PM on Election Day.

I want to volunteer! How do I sign up?

You can sign up to volunteer here.

If you have issues voting, please call our Voter Protection Hotline at 303-317-2280.