DATES TO REMEMBER
MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 is when mail ballots for the 2016 general election are sent to voters. You can mail back your ballot (postage is required, two first class stamps) or you can turn it in at a drop-box site or Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC). Click here to see where you can drop off your ballot.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 is the day Voter Service and Polling Centers (VSPC) open. You can visit a VSPC to drop off your ballot, register to vote, update your voter registration, replace a lost or spoiled ballot, or vote in person. Click here to find a VSPC near you.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 31 is the last day to register to vote in order to receive a ballot in the mail for the 2016 general election.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8 IS ELECTION DAY. Voters must be in line and mail-in ballots must be turned in to election officials by 7 p.m. Postmarks DO NOT count. If you are returning your ballot by mail, please allow adequate time for it to be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. We suggest not mailing it after November 1.
YOUR VOTING RIGHTS
IN COLORADO, YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE IF YOU:
• will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the election.
• resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election at which you intend to vote.
• are not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.
You can register to vote online, if you have Colorado State driver’s license or ID card issued by the Department of Revenue or you can mail, fax, or email your application. For complete voter registration instructions, please visit www.govotecolorado.com. You can register to vote any time before or on Election Day.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO VOTE BY MAIL
Ballots for the 2016 general election will be mailed to every registered voter in Colorado beginning on October 17. 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. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification
OR TO VOTE IN PERSON
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 24. To find the closest VSPC to you, visit Just Vote Colorado. All voters who vote at the polls must provide identification. Click here for a list of acceptable forms of identification
RIGHT TO A REPLACEMENT BALLOT
If you wrongly mark, deface, or tear your ballot, you have the right to a replacement ballot. Visit a VSPC to get a new ballot.
RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
Visit Disability Law Colorado’s website for in-depth information and resources on this topic.
• You can vote without signing your name by using a signature stamp which does not require a witness.
• You can also sign with your “mark”, which does require a witness.
• You have the right to assistance in casting your ballot.
• Each VSPC is required to be accessible to persons with disabilities. VSPC locations sites MUST meet specific ADA accessibility standards INCLUDING an accessible voting system or device equipped for individuals with disabilities.
RIGHTS OF STUDENTS
College students can keep their voter registration in the location where they lived prior to coming to school, or they may register in the location where they attend school. This choice is up to the student.
RIGHTS OF INCARCERATED OR PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS
The following people are eligible to register and vote in Colorado:
• People with a past criminal conviction who have completed their sentence, including any required parole.
• People currently in jail awaiting trial.
• People currently on probation.
• People currently in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence only.
For more information about the voting rights of incarcerated or previously incarcerated individuals, visit the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition’s website.
RIGHTS OF VOTERS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS
Individuals without a fixed permanent home can register to vote and cast a ballot. To register they must provide a physical address. This “home base” address can be any physical location within the county that the individual considers their home base. If the home base address does not include a mailing address, as in the case of a park or vacant lot, then the individual must provide a mailing address. The mailing address can be a post office box, a shelter, or anywhere else that they can receive mail.
RIGHTS OF VOTERS OVERSEAS
If you are an overseas voter or active duty military personnel, you have the right to receive a ballot. Visit www.govotecolorado.com to learn more about the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
RIGHT TO VOTE IN PEACE
When you are within 100 feet of a building in which a VSPC or ballot drop box is located, you have the right to vote or wait without anyone trying to influence your vote. This also means that no one can wear campaign shirts, hats or buttons within 100 feet of the building in which a VSPC or ballot drop box is located.
RIGHT TO LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE
If you do not speak English, you have the right to receive assistance from someone who speaks your language and English.
RIGHT TO A BILINGUAL BALLOT
Voters have the right to receive ballots, instructions, and all other voting materials in Spanish in Costilla County, Denver County, and Rio Grande County.
RIGHT TO TAKE TIME OFF WORK TO VOTE
If you do not have three hours of non-work time when VSPCs are open on Election Day, then you are entitled to two hours of paid leave from your job to vote on Election Day.
CHALLENGED AT THE POLLS?
If an Election Judge or anyone else challenges your right to vote at a VSPC, you still have the right to cast a regular ballot. If you make an oath attesting to your eligibility to vote to an Election Judge, you must be allowed to cast a regular ballot. If you don’t want to answer the questions about your eligibility, you still have a right to cast a provisional ballot.
If you are challenged or you see people being challenged at a VSPC, please call the Just Vote’s voter protection hotline at 1 866 OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682)
For more information about your right to vote, please visit www.justvotecolorado.org.