September 19, 2023
National Voter Registration Day
In the State of Colorado, voters can register in person, online, or by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local elections office. You can register any day leading up to the election and can register in person on election day. If you want to receive a mail-in ballot, your application must be received by the designated election official by the close of business on the 7th day before the election. Please keep in mind that if you would like to receive the ballot by mail, 7 days may not be a sufficient amount of time to receive, vote, and return your ballot.
The following offices are designated as voter registration locations in Denver:
Make sure to double check your registration and that all of your information is updated and correct, including your mailing address. If you’ve moved since the last time you voted or changed your name, you can update your information by filling out this form or by editing your registration online.
Have Questions About the Election? Explore the Resources About Issues on the Ballot:
In Colorado, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of the State of Colorado for a minimum of 22 days prior to the election, and have a valid driver’s license, state ID, or social security number to register to vote.
Residents 16 years of age or older are eligible to register but you must be 18 years of age by the date of the election in order to vote.
The following documents are acceptable forms of identification:
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:
The following are NOT acceptable forms of identification:
To register to vote, a physical address must be provided. This may include a homeless shelter, homeless provider, park, campground, vacant lot, business address or any other physical location within a precinct that the voter considers their home base, to which the voter returns regularly and has an intent to remain.
If the physical location does not include a mailing address, the voter must also provide a mailing address. A Post Office box can be used as a mailing address as long as the voter provides a valid physical Colorado address as their residential address.
A valid ID is also required. If you don’t have one, here’s how to obtain a Colorado State ID.
If you’ve voted in the state of Colorado before or are unsure if you’ve been registered, you can look up your information online.
People convicted of misdemeanors do not lose their right to vote. Those convicted of felonies regain their right to vote once the incarceration period has been completed.
Resources to help you understand your rights:
Colorado citizens living outside the United States and all active military personnel absent from Colorado are eligible to register and vote by mail as UOCAVA voters. UOCAVA provisions also cover the spouses, civil union partners, and voting dependents of active military personnel absent from Colorado.
For additional resources visit the Secretary of State Uniformed and Overseas Electors FAQs.
Whether you’re a first time voter or a seasoned voter it’s important to make a voting plan to ensure your ballot is received on time and counted.
Confirm your registration and make sure that all of your information is updated and correct.
Colorado Department of State
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
It is important to educate yourself and know what candidates and measures will be on your ballot. These measures may differ depending on the state and county you live and vote in. Visit VOTE411.org for information on candidates and issues.
Colorado voters can vote in person, mail in their ballot, or drop off their ballot at a ballot drop off location.
All registered voters receive a mail ballot which may be completed, mailed or dropped off to be received by the county clerk office by 7pm on Election Day. To ensure your mail in ballot is received on time, make sure to mail it out no later than 10 days before election day.
If you can’t mail in your ballot and want to drop it off at a 24-hour secure drop box, locate your nearest drop off location.
If you choose to vote in person, find where your nearest polling place is located. (It might have changed since the last time you voted.) The Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) are open 10 days before a Primary election and 15 days before a General Election during regular business hours. On Election Days, the Voter Service and Polling Centers are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
VSPC are located in each county to provide the following election services:
If you’re voting absentee, check your ballot for a drop-off location or, if you intend to mail in your ballot, the address and the date by which it must be postmarked.
How do you plan to get to your polling place or drop box? If you’re driving make sure to prepare for whatever parking might be available. Don’t assume street parking will be available, and be prepared to pay to park at a meter or garage.
If you’re taking public transportation, visit RTD‘s website to check schedules, confirm routes, and plan your trip ahead of time.
Last but not least, consider offering a ride to a friend or neighbor.
First, make sure you have your ballot. If you live in home where multiple ballots were received, ensure that you grab your ballot and not a family member’s or roommate’s. It’s also important to make sure you’ve signed your ballot.
Second, make sure to check current COVID-19 requirements. Some polling locations may require masks and social distancing. You might have to wait in long lines, so come prepared with water and snacks if you’re able to.
Finally, make sure you have the right form of identification. If you are voting by mail for the first time you may need to provide a photocopy of your identification with your ballot. Voters who recently registered for the first time and are voting by mail are required to provide a photocopy of their identification.
When voting in person you will need one of the following types of identification:
A Social Security number (or last four digits) is NOT a legal form of identification for voting in person. Neither is any document produced by Colorado’s statewide registration system.
If you want to get involved in your local election beyond voting, check out the opportunities below.