Voter FAQ

2018 PRIMARY ELECTION FAQ

What will I vote for in the primary?
The primary election is when you can cast a ballot for candidates running for federal, state, and local offices within a political party. Candidates on the primary ballot are nominated through the caucus and assembly process, or have petitioned onto the primary ballot. Candidates who win the primary election will be on the ballot for the general election.

Will I receive a ballot in the mail for the primary election?
The last day to register to receive a ballot via mail is June 18. All registered voters who are affiliated with a political party that is participating in the primary election will receive a ballot in the mail for that party. All registered unaffiliated voters will receive ballots in the mail for the two major political parties that are participating in the Primary Election. Any registered voter who is affiliated with a party that is NOT participating in the Primary Election will not receive any ballot. Complete your ballot and return by mail or at a designated dropbox. Unaffiliated voters can return ONLY ONE BALLOT. Alternatively, you can vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC). A list of all VSPC and ballot dropbox locations is available on our homepage.

I want to return my ballot via mail. Do I need a stamp?
Yes. All counties require that you attach postage to your ballot before mailing it back. However, this amount may vary between counties. Check the instructions that you receive with your ballot and/or your ballot return envelope to see if it indicates the amount of postage required. If you still have questions about how much postage to affix to your mail ballot, contact your county clerk and recorder.

How can I check to make sure my mailing address is correct?
Click here to look up the address where your ballot will be mailed. If you have a Colorado driver's license or ID, you can update your mailing address on this website. If you do not have a Colorado driver's license or ID, you can change your mailing address by completing this form and returning it to your county clerk via mail, fax, or email. If you cannot locate your voter registration record, please contact your county clerk and recorder's office.

How can I look up or change my party affiliation?
Click here to look up your party affiliation. If you have a Colorado driver's license or ID, you can update your party affiliation on this website. If you do not have a Colorado driver's license or ID, you can change your party affiliation by completing this form and returning it to your county clerk via mail, fax, or email. If you cannot locate your voter registration record, please contact your county clerk and recorder's office.

Can I vote in person?
Yes. You can vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) beginning on June 18, 2018. See our homepage for a map of VSPCs near you, and their hours of operation.

How do I know if I am registered to vote?
Visit www.govotecolorado.com to check your registration status.

What if I am not a registered voter?
If you have a Colorado driver's license or ID, you can register online by visiting www.govotecolorado.com. If you do not have a Colorado driver's license or ID, you can fill out a paper application (available at www.govotecolorado.com) and return it to your county clerk via mail, fax, or email. Alternatively, you can register in person at your county clerk’s office.

I will be out of town during the primary election. Can I still vote?
Yes. If you have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID, you can designate an alternate mailing address for your ballot by visiting the Secretary of State's website. If you do not have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID, you can fill out a paper application, available here, and return it to your county clerk's office by mail, email, or fax.

Do I have to show my ID to vote in person?
Yes, identification IS required in order to vote in person. Click here to find out what types of documents are accepted.

I am an unaffiliated voter. Can I vote in the primary?
Yes. For the first time, unaffiliated voters can participate in the primary elections. Unaffiliated voters will be mailed both a Democratic and Republican primary ballot. COMPLETE ONLY ONE of the ballots, and return it by taking it to a drop-off site, or returning it by mail. If you only want to receive one ballot, you must declare a party preference by May 29, 2018.