Register to vote! Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3!
The 2020 Election is right around the corner. This year there are many important local and national issues on the ballot. Your vote is your voice! Below you can find all of the necessary information on voter registration to make sure you are ready to cast your ballot by Election Day.
Voter registration deadlines:
- In-person: Election day - Tuesday, November 3, 2020. In Colorado, you can register to vote in person up to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- By mail: Received 8 days before Election Day.
- Online: 8 days before Election Day.
To register in Colorado you must:
- be a citizen of the United States;
- be a resident of Colorado 22 days prior to Election Day;
- be 18 years old on or before Election Day; and
- not be serving a sentence of detention, confinement, or parole for a felony conviction.
Voter Registration FAQ:
How do I register to vote or update my voter registration?
You may register online at www.GoVoteColorado.gov, if you have a valid Colorado driver's license or state-issued ID card from the Colorado Department of Revenue.
Printable voter registration forms are also available on the Secretary of State's website, the county clerk and recorder's office, and any federal post office that provides voter registration applications. You may then mail, fax, or scan and email your complete and signed form to your county clerk and recorder's office.
You can also register to vote in-person. Registering to vote in-person may be done at a physical office, which includes:
- A Colorado Department of Motor Vehicle office when you apply for a driver's license, or when updating your driver's license information;
- Offices that provide public assistance, including offices that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to a person with disabilities;
- Recruitment offices of the armed forces of the United States;
- Any federal, state, or local government office or any nongovernment office that chooses to provide voter registration service or applications; or
- A voter service and polling center.
You can also register to vote in-person through a voter registration drive.
If you are already a registered voter in Colorado you may confirm your registration by visiting www.GoVoteColorado.gov. Once your registration is verified, you may update your address and party affiliation as well.
If your voter registration is inactive, you may change your inactive status by submitting a signed request, an online voter registration application, or making an in-person request.
Will I still be registered to vote if I did not vote in the last election?
Yes. If you did not vote in the last election, you are still registered and eligible to vote. You will still receive a mail ballot unless your county clerk has received information that you have moved out of state. Visit www.GoVoteColorado.gov to make sure your voter registration information is current.
What is a "residence" for purposes of voter registration and voting?
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, or mobile home.
Homeless voters can register to vote. A homeless voter may use any address within a specific county that he/she regularly returns to and has the intent to remain. This may include a homeless shelter, a homeless service provider, a park, a campground, a vacant lot, a business address, or any other physical location.
You must have a residence to register to vote. Once you establish a residence, it exists until you establish a new residence.
Note: you may not have more than one residence.
What do I need to vote in-person?
If you are voting in person in Colorado, you will need to provide a valid form of ID at the time you vote. All the forms of ID that show your address must be a Colorado address in order for the form of ID to qualify.
Valid forms of ID include:
- A valid Colorado driver's license or valid ID card issued by the Colorado Department of Revenue
- A valid US passport
- A valid employee ID card with a photograph issued by any branch, department, agency, or entity of the US 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 US
- A valid US military ID card with a photograph
- A copy of a current (within the last 60 days) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your current name and address
- A certificate of Degree of Indian or Alaskan Native Blood
- A valid Medicare or Medicaid card
- A certified copy of a US birth certificate
- Certified documentation of naturalization
- A valid student ID card with a photograph issued by an institute of higher education in Colorado
- A valid veteran ID card with photo
- A valid ID card issued by a federally recognized tribal government certifying tribal membership
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Contact your County Clerk and Recorder. County Clerk and Recorder contact information is available on their website at the following link: County Clerk and Recorder Contact Information.
You may also contact the Secretary of State's office
Phone: 303-894-2200 ext. 6307
Voter registration activities for teachers and students:
- Service-learning toolkit for voting engagement
- This set of lessons, service project ideas, and resources are designed to spark ideas for actions related to raising awareness of the importance of voting.
- K-12 U.S. Elections resources