Find the information you need to exercise your right to vote, learn about ACLU-CO endorsed ballot initiatives, and help us protect the vote and increase voter turnout!
Election Day is around the corner. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3. Here’s what you need to know at a glance:
- Find your ballot drop-off locations and in-person voting locations HERE.
- Right to same-day voter registration. Go in-person to newly register or change your voting address. You can check your registration here.
- Track the status of your ballot, including when it is processed, using the Secretary of State’s BallotTrax system.
- Report issues voting, including intimidation, to 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) and 888-VA-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) or text 303-502-9038
- Report online voter disinformation to reportdisinfo.org
- If your ballot is rejected due to an error, like a signature discrepancy, you have a right to correct or “cure” your ballot by texting “Colorado” to 2VOTE (28683)
- So long as you are not currently incarcerated for a felony, voters with criminal records CAN vote.
- Voters with disabilities with guardians or who are living in an institution can vote.
- Voters experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity can vote.
- Voters displaced by Colorado wildfires have a right to an emergency electronic ballot. Contact your county clerk.
- Help others vote. Coloradans can return up to 10 ballots during an election cycle. You must return collected to ballots to a drop-box the same day. 16 and 17 year olds can participate too.
Vote Colorado Proud
Colorado leads the country in voter access and election security, and boasts one of the highest turnout rates in the nation. While the country fights through election confusion and suppression, you can make a tangible difference by knowing CO – know our state’s voting system and voting rights for Colorado.
How to return your ballot:
- Drop-box – secure, 24/7 drop-off locations
- In-person – vote at a Voter Service Polling Center in the county in which they are registered. Also receive assistance, replacement ballots, and register to vote.
The deadline (October 26) to return your ballot by mail has passed. Instead, drop your ballot at a drop-box or drive-thru location or vote in-person.
Three weeks to vote:
- Ballots begin mailing October 9
- Voter Service & Polling Centers open October 19
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 3 – all ballots must be received by 7 pm
Voter Registration Easy, Accessible, & Safe Online:
- Eligible CO voters may register online here.
- If you are living away from your residential home (eg., college student, caretaker, traveler) you can update your mailing address online here.
- You can register up to and on Election Day! If you are in line to vote in your county by 7 pm but still need to register – stay in line – you have the right to register and vote.
Report issues of suppression/intimidation and direct voter questions to*:
- 1 866 OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).
- Your County Clerk
- ACLU of Colorado Voter Guide: nonpartisan voting resource including positions on ballot measures affecting civil rights and civil liberties in Colorado
- GoVoteColorado.gov: Secretary of State’s website with voter and candidate information, including online voter registration and signup for ballot tracking
- JustVoteColorado.org: nonpartisan, statewide election protection resource including “know your rights” information and voting locations (drop boxes, drive-thru drop-offs, in-person)
Ensure your vote is counted:
- Vote early.
- Properly sign and date your ballot. Use black or blue pen.
- Signup for BallotTrax to get email and/or text updates on your ballot as it is sent, received, and processed.
*If you’re experiencing voter suppression or intimidation, or have other voting-related questions, please email email@example.com. Issues casting a ballot should also be reported to your county clerk and to the voter help hotline at voter hotline at 1 866 OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).
Am I eligible to vote in Colorado?
You are eligible to vote in the general election if you:
- Will be 18 years of age or older at the time of the general election
- Are a United States citizen
- Have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election (10/13) at which you intend to vote
- Are not currently serving a sentence of confinement or detention for a felony conviction
If you are absent while in military service or while attending any institution of higher education, you are still eligible to vote in the state of Colorado. Click here to learn more.
How do I register to Vote?
Voters may register through Election Day. Colorado has same-day voter registration!
Submit a paper application through the mail, at a voter registration agency, attach to an email or at a local driver’s license examination facility through October 26. Click here for the PDF registration form.
Register in-person at a Voter Service Polling Center (VSPC) in your county. VSPCs open October 19. Click here to find VSPCs in your county.
Tip: If you are in line to register to vote and vote by 7 pm on Tuesday, November 3 – don’t get out of line! You have the right to register and vote!
Did you know? Same-day voter registration policies help increase voter participation. By eliminating arbitrary and confusing deadlines working people, caretakers, young people, and first-time voters have less hurdles and bureaucracy to navigate in exercising their right to vote.
How do I view my voter registration? How do I make changes to my voter registration?
Access your voter registration file online via the Secretary of State.
You can check to make sure your registration, including mailing address is up-to-date.
You can make changes to your voter registration but if you wish to change your name, you must do so in-person at a VSPC or via paper registration form.
Did you know? Young people move most frequently. Crises like the pandemic can also cause people to live away from home temporarily for work or caretaking. Make sure to update your mailing address!
Tip: Get familiar with the districts you live in. In Colorado, your online voter registration file shows the districts you live in from House of Representatives to state senate to university regent to municipal government.
How will I receive my ballot?
In Colorado, all actively registered voters are automatically mailed a ballot to the address with which they are registered. County clerks begin mailing ballots to voters starting Friday, October 9.
It’s after Friday, October 16 and I still haven’t received my ballot. What should I do?
First, make sure that your voter registration mailing address is up-to-date by checking your registration online.
If your registration is current but you still haven’t received your ballot, contact your county clerk. There may be a delay or your county clerk may work with you to issue a replacement ballot that you can receive in the mail or pick-up at polling center, depending on your local county.
Reminder: Colorado voters can either vote the ballot that is mailed to them or they may vote in-person. Voters can only vote one ballot. If you cannot remember how you voted, check with your county clerk to be sure.
What’s on my ballot?
Many offices are up for election during the Nov. 3rd 2020 General Election, including, but not limited to:
- US President, US Senate, US house of representatives
- State senator and state representative
- Local (municipal or county) representatives
- Ballot questions (statewide, judicial district, county, municipal, school district)
Coloradans get to vote on many ballot questions, which provides an opportunity for direct democracy – voters decide directly on policies – but can be overwhelming. Here are some resources to help navigate your ballot:
- ACLU of Colorado Voter Guide
- Voter411 from the League of Women Voters and recommended by ProPublica
- Colorado Blue Book
- Progressive Voters Guide Colorado
Reminder: ACLU does not endorse political candidates or parties but does take positions on policies affecting civil liberties and civil rights, and seeks to educate voters on the candidates’ positions on key civil liberties issues.
How do I vote and return the ballot I received in the mail?
Use black or blue ink. If you “spoil” your ballot by mismarking it, then contact your county clerk to receive a replacement ballot or discard the ballot securely and go vote in-person.
Follow the instructions on the ballot sleeve. Make the ballot is signed and dated properly and that the sleeve is sealed.
You can return your ballot via:
- Drop-box – per the Secretary of State, the best option for voters is to drop-off ballots at designated county drop-boxes.
- Secure and monitored locations. Emptied by bipartisan, official election workers. Available 24/7.
- Drive-thru drop-off
- Check your local county.
- At a Voter Service and Polling Center in your county
- Two stamps are recommended
- October 26 is the last day to return your ballot via USPS
All ballots must be received by 7 pm on Tuesday, November 3.
Can I return ballots on behalf of fellow Coloradans?
Yes, you may return up to 10 ballots per election cycle, including your own.
Can I vote in-person? How can I vote in-person?
Colorado voters have have the right to vote in-person at a Voter Service & Polling Center in their county. If you have already voted the ballot that was mailed to you by returning via drop-box or USPS then you cannot vote in-person. If you cannot remember how you voted, check with your county clerk.
If you forget these forms of ID or are otherwise denied or challenged, you have a right to sign an affidavit attesting to your identity and vote. If you are denied, questioned, or challenged, make you have the right to vote a provisional ballot.
Voters have the right to bring in an assistor so long as that person is not the voter’s boss or union representatives.
In-person voters have the right to assistance from a poll workers if they have disabilities and, in some counties, the right to language assistance. Check with your local county.
Check with your county clerk for local COVID precautions and programs.
I’m experiencing voter intimidation or harassment at my polling center. What should I do?
You have a right to cast your ballot free from intimidation, harassment, and coercion.
Within 100 feet of a building in which a Voter Service & Polling Center or ballot drop-box is located, you have the right to vote or wait without anyone trying to influence your vote.
If you witness someone trying to influence votes within 100 feet of these location, please call the toll free Election Protection hotline at 1 866 OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).
I’m experiencing or witnessing voter intimidation and/or disinformation, what should I do?
Prioritize your safety. Document as much detail as possible. Report to:
- Elections Protections hotline: call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) and 888-VA-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) or text 303-502-9038
- Your county clerk
Report online voter disinformation to reportdisinfo.org. Do not engage with the post/content as this will just increase the amount of people who see it – even if you are debunking.
How to spot voter disinformation and intimidation:
- Posting false dates, deadlines, locations, or eligibility requirements. Usually in a threatening tone that may invoke the threat of prosecution or criminality.
- Disinformation and intimidation can happen anywhere – not just online or near a polling place
- Look out for flyers or lawn signs with false information
- Voter intimidation can take place in many forms and is dependent on the context and confluence of circumstances. Regardless, voter intimidation is illegal. Suspected voter intimidation should be reported.
- Know your voting rights so you can better help spot and stop disinformation.
How do I know if my vote has been counted?
Signup for BallotTrax to get updates via email and/or text on the status of your ballot, including when your ballot is received by your county and when it has not been processed. Click here to signup.
If you returned your ballot by drop-box or USPS and it is rejected due to an error on your ballot, you have a right to correct or “cure” your ballot so that it is still counted.
You will receive notification of the rejection and the opportunity to correct or “cure” your ballot via text or by submitting a paper form verifying your identity.
Ballots may need to be corrected or “cured” if the signature does not match the voter registration file or the voter forgot to sign and date the security envelope.
To correct your ballot using your smartphone, text “Colorado” to 2VOTE (28683) and follow the instructions.
Did you know? First-time and young voters often need to correct or “cure” their ballot. Not all states alert their voters and offer the opportunity to make corrections – take advantage of this Colorado right and make sure your voice is heard!
For more in-depth information on voting rights by group or to find voting locations, visit JustVoteColorado.org*
Specific questions or issues? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Just Vote! Colorado Election Protection is not affiliated with or promoting any issue or candidate. We are nonpartisan and governed by a diverse steering committee which currently includes representatives from Colorado Common Cause, Mi Familia Vota, Disability Law Colorado, the League of Women Voters, and the Colorado Lawyers Committee.