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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,
• are a United States citizen,
• have resided in Colorado 22 days immediately before the election at which you intend to vote, AND
• are not serving a sentence of confinement, detention, or parole for a felony conviction.
If you have questions or feel your rights are being violated, please call the toll free Election Protection hotline: 1‑866‑OUR‑VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or the Spanish language hotline 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).
RIGHT TO SAME DAY REGISTRATION
You can register to vote any time before or on Election Day. If you register to vote by mail or online through www.govotecolorado.com at least eight days before the election, the clerk will automatically mail you a ballot. If you need to register after this date, you must visit one of the Voter Service and Polling Centers in your county to get a ballot.
RIGHT TO A REPLACEMENT BALLOT
If you wrongly mark, deface, or tear your ballot, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot. Contact your County Clerk and Recorder to request a replacement ballot, or visit a Voter Service & Polling Center in your county. Find your County Clerk and Recorder here.
RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES
If you are unable to sign your name due to a physical disability, you have the right to vote without signing your name. You may use a signature stamp which does not require a witness. You may also sign with your “mark”, which does require a witness.
You have the right to assistance in casting your ballot. If you need assistance (e.g. due to a disability or a language need), you can go to a Voter Service and Polling Center. You are entitled to assistance from an election judge or a person of your choosing. The person that you choose cannot be your employer, or an agent of your employer or labor union. If you get assistance, that person must cast your vote the way you want and cannot try to tell you how to vote.
Each VSPC is required to be accessible to persons with disabilities. Designated election officials shall only select as VSPC locations sites that meet specific ADA accessibility standards, including temporary solutions during an election.
Each VSPC is required to have an accessible voting system or device equipped for individuals with disabilities. If you cannot read, see, or operate the voting machine because of a disability, you have the right to receive assistance from any individual you choose, or an election official. In the event that a VSPC is inaccessible at any time, immediately call 1-866-OUR-VOTE. You are also permitted to vote privately and independently, without any assistance. It is entirely your choice.
Visit Disability Law Colorado's website for in-depth information and resources on this topic.
RIGHTS OF STUDENTS
College students generally 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. If you choose to keep your registration at your location before coming to school, you should contact your local election official and arrange to have an absentee or mail ballot sent to you at school so that you can vote. If you believe Colorado is your principal residence at this time, even if not permanent, then you can register to vote in Colorado. To register you must be 18 years old by Election Day, be a US citizen, and a resident of Colorado for 22 days. See our Voter FAQ page for more information on how to register in Colorado.
RIGHTS OF INCARCERATED OR PREVIOUSLY INCARCERATED INDIVIDUALS
The following people are eligible to register and vote in Colorado:
• People with a past criminal conviction (felony or misdemeanor) who have completed their sentence, including parole (if required)
• People currently in jail pretrial (pending the outcome of the criminal case)
• People currently on probation for either a misdemeanor or a felony
• People currently in jail serving a misdemeanor sentence only
Individuals who are presently incarcerated for a felony, or are serving parole for a felony, are currently not eligible to vote. However, they will be eligible to vote after serving their sentence. For more information about the voting rights of incarcerated or previously incarcerated individuals, visit the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition's website.
RIGHTS OF ELECTORS WITHOUT FIXED PERMANENT HOMES
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 a park, vacant lot, a business address, a shelter, or any other 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 or anywhere else that they can receive mail.
RIGHTS OF OVERSEAS VOTERS AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL
Residents of Colorado living outside of the United States (either temporarily or permanently) who were residents of Colorado immediately before leaving the United States, and residents of Colorado who are active duty military personnel (including their spouses and voting-age dependents) and who are absent from the state on assignment are eligible to register and vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). As a UOCAVA voter, you will have the option to receive a ballot for every election in which you are eligible to vote by mail, fax, or email.
Visit our Voter FAQ page for more information about how to register as a UOCAVA voter.
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. If you witness someone trying to influence your vote within 100 feet of these locations, please call the toll free Election Protection hotline: 1 866 OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or the Spanish language hotline 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).
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.
You are entitled to assistance from:
• An election judge who speaks English and your language;
• Any person selected by the designated election official to provide assistance in that VSPC who speaks English and your language; or
• Any person selected by you, provided they speak English and your language.
Any person providing assistance in this situation must sign an affirmation stating that they will not try to persuade the voter. The person providing assistance does not need to be a registered voter, a citizen or a person of any particular age.
RIGHT TO A BILINGUAL BALLOT
Voters have the right to receive ballots, instructions, and all other voting materials in Spanish in Denver, Costilla, Conejos and Saguache county. Voters have the right to receive ballots, instructions, and all other voting materials in American Indian (Ute) in La Plata and Montezuma county.
RIGHT TO TAKE TIME OFF WORK TO VOTE
If you do not have three (3) hours of non-work time when Voter Service and Polling Centers are open on Election Day, then you are entitled to two hours of paid leave from your job to vote on Election Day. However, you must request this time off prior to Election Day. Your employer is entitled to determine which hours you can be absent, but if you request your time off either at the beginning or end of your work shift, your employer must approve that time request.
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 voter hotline at 1 866 OUR VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (1-888-839-8682).
If your question or concern is not answered here, please call the hotline or submit your question using the inquiry form on our homepage.