Voter FAQ

How do I register to vote in Colorado?

You can register to vote in Colorado in one of the following ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver's license or ID)
You can register to vote online using the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email
Fill out and sign the Colorado voter registration application located here. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

How do I vote in Colorado?

Every person who is registered to vote in the state of Colorado has two options for voting:

1. Vote by Mail
Ballots for each election will be mailed to every registered voter in Colorado. Be certain that your address is current on your registration (see below on how to check and/or update your address). To return your voted mail ballot, either drop it in the mail (postage is required) or deposit it at a ballot drop-off site in your county.

2. 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. VSPCs will open several weeks before election day.

IMPORTANT: you will need to provide one piece of identification from this list in order to vote in person.

I am a registered Colorado voter. How do I update my voter registration record (to change my address, party affiliation, etc.)?

You have two options for updating your voter registration record:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
You can easily update your voter registration record online using the Secretary of State’s website.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email
Fill out and sign the Colorado voter registration application located here. Make sure to complete Section 8, “Updating a Current Record”. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

I am a student from another state living in Colorado in order to attend school.
Can I vote here?

Students have the right to register to vote at the location where they go to school. If you consider your school address in Colorado to be your primary home - the place that for the time being you return to after a departure or absence - then you can register to vote at that address.

If you do not consider your school address to be your primary home, then you should register to vote at the location that is your primary home. Contact your county election official in the state of your primary home to find out how to receive a ballot at your school address in Colorado.

Please note that your residence for voting purposes should be the same as your residence for motor vehicle registration and state income tax purposes. If you register to vote in Colorado, you cannot claim residency in any other state.

I am a resident of Colorado. I attend school away from home, but within the state of Colorado. How can I vote?

If you claim your permanent residence in your home town, you can update your mailing address while keeping your permanent address the same. This way you will receive a mail ballot at your mailing address at school. You can do this in one of the following ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Visit the Secretary of State’s website. After locating your voter registration record “Mailing Address,” and input the address where you would like your ballot to be mailed.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email:
Fill out this form, being sure to include your new mailing address in section 6. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

Please note that you will not be able to vote in-person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in the city/county where you attend school. You can only vote in person at a VSPC in the county of your permanent residence.

I am a Colorado resident and a member of the armed forces. I am currently out of the state on active duty. How can I vote?

Colorado citizens who are active military personnel (including their spouses and voting-age dependents) who are absent from the state are eligible to register and vote under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). As a UOCAVA voter, you have the option to receive a ballot for every election in which you are eligible to vote by mail, fax, or email.

You can register for UOCAVA in two ways:

1. Online (requires a valid Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Look up your voter record on the Secretary of State’s website. Enter in your name, zip code, and birthdate and click “submit.” This should bring up your voter record. Under voter information, click “change my address.” Enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID number and click “submit.” At the bottom of the form, you will see “UOCAVA Status.” Indicate that you are a military voter, and how you would like your ballot to be delivered to you (mail, fax, or email). Make sure to include your fax number, email address, and/or mailing address that corresponds with the delivery option you choose.

2. Via Mail, Fax, or Email
Complete and submit the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

For more information about UOCAVA voters, visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

I am a Colorado resident living overseas. Can I vote in Colorado?

Residents of Colorado living outside of the United States (either temporarily or permanently) who were residents of Colorado immediately before leaving the United States 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.

You can register for UOCAVA in one of two ways:

1. Online (requires a current Colorado driver’s license or ID)
Look up your voter record on the Secretary of State’s website. Enter in your name, zip code, and birthdate and click “submit.” This should bring up your voter record. Under voter information, click “change my address.” Enter your Colorado driver’s license or ID number and click “submit.” At the bottom of the form, you will see “UOCAVA Status.” Indicate that you are an overseas voter, and how you would like your ballot to be delivered to you (mail, fax, or email). Make sure to include your fax number, email address, and/or mailing address that corresponds with the delivery option you choose.

2. Mail, Fax, or Email
Complete and submit the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application. Print, sign, and return the form to your county clerk and recorder’s office. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

For more information about UOCAVA voters, visit the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.

I am a Colorado resident with a criminal record. Am I allowed to vote?

The following individuals are eligible to register and vote in Colorado:

• People with a past criminal conviction (felony and/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 who are serving parole for a felony, are currently not eligible to vote. However, they will be eligible to vote after completing their sentence. They will need to re-register to vote. See above on how to register to vote.

For more information about the voting rights of incarcerated or previously incarcerated individuals, visit the Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition's website.

Will I receive a ballot in the mail for the general election?

Yes. All registered voters will receive a ballot in the mail for every election in which they are eligible to vote. If you are unsure whether you are registered at your current address, or you have moved, you should check your registration and update your address if necessary.

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 return my ballot?

You can complete your ballot and return it by mail or at a designated dropbox in your county. 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 by 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. If you have questions about how much postage to affix to your mail ballot, contact your county clerk and recorder, or consult the instructions that will accompany your mail ballot.

Can I vote in person?

Yes. You can vote in person at a Voter Service and Polling Center (VSPC) in your county. See our homepage for a map of VSPCs near you, and their days and hours of operation.

How do I know if I am registered to vote?

You can look up your registration status on the Secretary of State’s website.

What is the last day I can register to vote in order to vote in the election?

You can register to vote any time up to and including Election Day. In order to receive a mail ballot, you must register to vote at least eight days before Election Day. After this date, visit any VSPC in your county to register in-person and cast a ballot.

I will be out of town during the election. Can I still vote?

Yes. If you have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID, you can designate an alternate mailing address by visiting the Secretary of State's website. If you do not have a valid Colorado driver's license or ID, fill out this application and return it to your county clerk's office by mail, email, or fax. A list of all county clerk and recorder’s offices in the state of Colorado can be found here.

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.

When does my ballot have to be returned?

All ballots must be received by the County Clerk by 7:00 PM on Election Day. Postmarks DO NOT count. If you are returning your ballot by mail, please allow adequate time for it to be received by 7:00 PM on Election Day.