How do I know if I’m eligible to register to vote in Colorado in 2016?

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 day of the election at which you intend to vote.
  • Are not serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction.
  • Are a resident in the State of Colorado at least 22 days before Election Day.
    • Your registration address is your only legal place of residence.
    • The voter registration file of any voter can be checked and updated “in real time” on Election Day through the statewide voter registration database. Anyone trying to register and vote in more than one place will be caught and any subsequent ballots will be intercepted as they are checked in.
What is a precinct caucus?

The 2016 Party Precinct Caucus is held on Tuesday, March 1st, 2016.

In each even-numbered year, political parties hold their precinct caucus on the first Tuesday in March to begin the process of electing candidates to nominate in the upcoming elections.

Registered voters of the same political party gather to select delegates to represent the precinct at the county assembly and committee officers to organize political activities for the precinct.

Precinct caucuses are open to the public and held throughout the state.

Who can vote in a precinct caucus?
  1. A resident affiliated with the caucusing political party for at least 2 months before the precinct caucuses.
    • Monday, January 4th, 2016: Last day to affiliate with a political party in order to vote in the March 1st party precinct caucus.
  2. A registered voter no later than 29 days before the caucus
    • Monday, February 1st, 2016: Last day to update your registration address to participate in the March 1st party precinct caucuses.
How do I register to vote?

To register to vote in Colorado, you will need one of the following:

  • Your valid Colorado Driver’s License or state ID card issued by the Department of Revenue
  • The last four digits of your social security number.

Then choose to register:

  1. Online
  2. Mail in paper form
  3. In person at your county’s election office or a voter service and polling center through election day
I am registered to vote, but I haven’t received a mail-in ballot yet.

You should have received a ballot in the mail after October 17, 2016 if your registration was up to date. If you haven’t, contact your County Clerk.

How do I know my ballot has been received?

Go to the Secretary of State’s web site, and enter your registration information. It will show the status of your ballot.

What if didn’t use the privacy sleeve?

This will NOT invalidate you ballot. Your vote will still be counted.

What if I ruin or lose my ballot? Can I still vote?

If you spoil or lose your ballot, you can still vote. Contact your local County Clerk, explain that you need a new ballot and one will be issued to you. You can also go to a voter service center.  These can be found here. The statewide voter registration database allows the replacement of lost or spoiled ballots in order to not disenfranchise any voter.

Could the process to get a replacement ballot allow someone to vote twice?

No. The first ballot to be returned to the 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.

Can I still vote in person?

You can vote in person at any Voter Service and Poling Center (aka Voting Centers) in your County.

Do I need an ID to vote in Colorado?

Yes. See a list of acceptable forms of ID.

Can I get time off to vote in person?

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.