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Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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Picture of the Colorado State Seal.

Colorado
Secretary of State
Wayne W. Williams

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General Election Information FAQs

Q1. What is the difference between a Primary and a General Election?

A1. The State of Colorado holds regularly scheduled state elections every two years; a state Primary Election in June and a General election in November.

The nominated candidates from each party's primary ballot will be placed on the November General Election ballot. The winner of the November General Election will hold office. For more information on primaries, see the Primary FAQ page.

Q2. What is a Coordinated Election?

A2. To be coordinated, the election must:

  • Have more than one political subdivision holding an election (state, county, municipality, school district, or special district).
  • Take place on the same day in November, and
  • The eligible voters either are the same for each election or live in overlapping subdivision boundaries.

When these requirements are satisfied, the county clerk and recorder will coordinate and conduct the elections on behalf of all political subdivisions. The November odd-year election is generally referred to as the coordinated election. Coordinated elections are conducted by mail ballot.

Q3. Where can I find Federal and State election laws?

A3. Federal and State election laws and the Secretary of State election rules are available on the Election Laws, Rules, & Resources page.

Q4. Where can I find a list of all of the pertinent election dates?

A4. Please see the current election calendar online for all the pertinent dates for the election cycle and citations to the relevant Colorado law.

Q5. How do I get my ballot?

A5. Every voter now receives a mail ballot at the mailing address provided through their voter registration file. To check the address on file for your voter registration visit www.GoVoteColorado.com.

If you would like to vote at the polls, you can surrender your mail ballot and vote in-person at a voter service and polling center. To do so, go to www.GoVoteColorado.com to find your polling locations.

Q6. How do I know if my mail ballot has been mailed?

A6. You can go to www.GoVoteColorado.com to check the status of your ballot. Log into your voter record, which will show whether your mail ballot has been sent. If you have more questions about the status of your mail ballot, please contact your county clerk and recorder.

Q7. If I don’t vote on a candidate or question, will my other votes still be counted?

A7. Yes. You are not required to cast a vote in every race or on every question. If you choose to leave a race or a question blank, the rest of the votes on your ballot will still be counted.

Q8. Will my mail ballot be counted? I heard that mail ballots might not be counted.

A8. Every valid mail ballot is counted. Be sure to sign the envelope when you return your mail ballot. Your county clerk must receive your ballot no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are not sure if your ballot will arrive in time, drop it off in person. Contact your county clerk and recorder for drop-off locations.

If you recently registered for the first time, you may need to provide a copy of your ID along with your mail ballot. Your county clerk will have provided instructions about the ID requirement along with your ballot.

Q9. I am registered on the "Do not call" list, but I still receive calls from candidates and political campaigns. Is this legal?

A9. Yes, this is legal. There are exemptions to telephone solicitation, and political calls are one of them.

6-1-903, C.R.S. Definitions

(10)(a) "Telephone solicitation" means any voice, telefacsimile, graphic imaging, or data communication, including text messaging communication over a telephone line or through a wireless telephone for the purpose of encouraging the purchase or rental of, or investment in, property, goods, or services.

(b) Notwithstanding paragraph (a) of this subsection (10), "telephone solicitation" does not include communications:

(V) Made for the sole purpose of urging support for or opposition to a political candidate or ballot issue; or

(VI) Made for the sole purpose of conducting political polls or soliciting the expression of opinions, ideas, or votes. In addition to the political phone calls, there is an increase in the volume of political literature sent through the mail.

Unfortunately, there is no complaint or removal process established for these types of calls and mailings. You can contact your county clerk and request that your phone number be removed from your voter registration information, but this provides no guarantee that your phone number will not be obtained from other sources.