Q1. What are the qualifications to register to
vote as a Colorado citizen?
A1. Every person who will be 18 years
of age or older at the time of the next election, a U.S. citizen, and a legal
resident of Colorado is entitled to register and vote in Colorado. For the
purposes of military and overseas electors, “resident of Colorado” means that:
- For a military elector or
dependent, he or she considers Colorado to be his or her home but is absent
because of the service member’s active duty or service.
- For an overseas elector, his or
her last legal residence before leaving the U.S. was in Colorado.
Q2. Who is covered under UOCAVA?
A2. Colorado citizens who are living outside
the U.S. and all active military personnel absent from Colorado, including
their spouses and voting-age dependents, are eligible to register and vote by mail
under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens and Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and
Q3. Who is a Military Elector (Uniformed-service
A3. A military elector is defined as: 
- A member of any active or reserve
branch of the military who is on active duty and a resident of Colorado, but
absent from the state;
- A member of the merchant marine,
the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service or the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration who is a resident of Colorado but absent because of
- A member of the Colorado National
Guard who is a resident of this state, but who is absent from the state on
active duty; or
- A spouse, civil union partner, or
dependent of a person described above, who is a resident of Colorado but who is
absent from the state because of the service member’s active duty or service.
Q4. Who is an Overseas Elector?
A4. An overseas elector is defined as a resident of Colorado who is
living outside the U.S., either temporarily or permanently, and who was a
resident of Colorado immediately before leaving the U.S. 
Q5. What if I am a U.S. citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S.?
A5. If you are a U.S. citizen who has
never lived in the U.S., you can register and vote in Colorado if your parent
or legal guardian was a resident of Colorado before leaving the U.S. To
register to vote, you should apply using your parent or guardian’s last
Colorado residence address. 
Q6. How do I register to vote and request a
A6. If you have a Colorado driver’s
license or identification card, log onto www.GoVoteColorado.com. Use this online voter registration portal to
register to vote, request a ballot, or update your registration information.
The online form allows you to indicate how you would like to receive your
If you prefer, you can submit a Federal
Post Card Application (FPCA) to your county clerk. The FPCA is a universal form
used for both voter registration and absentee ballot request. The FPCA is
available on the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website.
All military and overseas
citizens should review their registration information online and update it as
necessary, or submit a FPCA each year to update their information with the
We strongly encourage all military
and overseas voters to provide alternate contact information, including an email
address. This information allows your county elections office to contact you
about your ballot and provide you with important election information. This
information will not be made available to the public and will only be used for
the purpose of communicating with you about the voting process. 
Q7. Which U.S. address do I use when I register
to vote from overseas?
A7. You must provide two addresses:
your residential address in Colorado and your current mailing address.
For overseas citizens, your
residential address is the last residence you maintained in Colorado before
your departure. While you may no longer maintain formal ties to that residence,
the address determines your proper voting jurisdiction. A post office box is
not a residential address.
Your current mailing address is
necessary to send you voting information, including your ballot. If your
mailing address changes, you should timely update it with the county elections
office so that you continue to receive elections and voting information. 
Q8. What is the deadline to submit a voter
registration application and to request a ballot?
A8. An eligible elector can register
to vote up to and on election day. But if you wish to receive the ballot by
mail, the application must be received by the designated election official by
the close of business on the seventh day before an election. Please keep in mind that if you would like to
receive the ballot by mail, seven days may not be sufficient to receive, vote,
and return your ballot.
Military and overseas voters can
also request to have their ballots be sent by fax or email. If you would like
to receive the ballot by fax or email, the request must be received no later
than the close of business on the Friday before the election.
Military and overseas voters also
have the option of downloading a ballot online. This program will allow you to
download your ballot, mark and review it, and print it for return to the county
elections office. To access your ballot online, you must have notified your
county elections office that you are a military or overseas voter. To download
your ballot, go to www.govotecolorado.everyonecounts.com and log in using your date of
birth and either your Colorado
driver’s license number or last four digits of your social security number.
Then follow the instructions to complete and print your ballot for return.
To vote in a Primary Election,
you must be affiliated with a participating party. If you wish to change your
affiliation from one party to another, you must do so no later than the 29th
day prior to the Primary Election. If you are unaffiliated and wish to declare
an affiliation, you can do so up to and on election day. 
Q9. Do I need to submit a separate ballot application
for each election?
Colorado law, all active voters will be mailed a ballot for each primary,
coordinated, and general election. While submission of a Federal
Post Card Application (FPCA) is not required,
you should submit an updated FPCA each year to ensure your ballot will be
mailed to the correct address.
Q10. How will I know if my application is
A10. Once the county elections office has
processed your application, the county will mail you a postcard. If your
application is incomplete for any reason, the county will send you a letter advising
you what additional information is required. You can also check the status of
your application and ballot online at www.GoVoteColorado.com.
Q11. How can I verify that my voter registration
information is complete?
A11. To review your voter registration
information, log on to the Manage My Registration page at www.GoVoteColorado.com and click on Verify/Update My Record. You will need to enter your first and last
name, date of birth, and the zip code of your residential address in Colorado to
access your information. You will be able to review your mailing address,
precinct and district information, party affiliation, and contact information
for your county clerk and recorder, as well as track the status of your ballot
during an election.
Q12. When should I receive my ballot by mail?
A12. Counties will mail ballots to military
and overseas voters 45 days before the election. You should receive your ballot
within two weeks after it has been mailed by the county. You can also check
whether your ballot has been mailed through the registration verification tool at www.GoVoteColorado.com. 
Q13. What if I don’t receive my ballot?
A13. If you have not received your
ballot two weeks before the election, contact your county elections office.
Your county clerk will be able to assist you in determining the status of your
ballot, or issue a replacement ballot if necessary. You can find additional
contact information on the Military and Overseas Electors page.
Q14. Who is eligible to receive and return a
ballot by fax or email?
A14. All military and overseas voters can
request to receive and return their ballot by fax or email. If you would like
to receive your ballot by fax, be sure to provide your county elections office with
a complete fax number, including the international prefix and country code. If
requesting a ballot by email, provide a complete email address where the
ballot is to be sent.
If you request to receive your
ballot by email, you will receive the blank ballot as a PDF attachment.
In order to return your voted ballot by email, you must print and vote the
ballot, then scan it and attach it as a PDF.
It is important to note that if
you choose to return your voted ballot by fax or email, you must voluntarily
waive your right to a secret ballot.
Q15. What is a Federal Write-in Ballot?
A15. Any military or overseas voter is
entitled to vote by a Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB). You can use the
FWAB to cast votes for all federal, state, and local races and issues that you are
eligible to vote on. You can designate the candidate by writing in the name of
the candidate or by writing in the name of a political party or political
organization, in which case the ballot will be counted for the candidate of
that political party or political organization.
If the county processed a ballot application
and later receives a FWAB, the FWAB will count. However, if you return both a
ballot and a FWAB, the county will void the FWAB and count the ballot.
You can get a FWAB from
federal and civilian Voting Assistance Officers, or on the Federal Voting
Assistance Program website. 
Q16. What is the deadline for returning my voted
A16. All military or overseas voters must
vote and return their ballots by 7:00 PM Mountain Time on election day. The
county elections office must receive the ballots no later than the close of
business on the 8th day after election day. 
Q17. What if I am no longer a UOCAVA elector or I
have been reassigned to a new location?
A17. If the address listed on your
application changes due to reassignment or if you return to the U.S., you will
need to update your voter registration by contacting your county elections
office. The best way to update your voter registration is to log on to www.GoVoteColorado.com to update your registration information. If
you prefer, you can also submit an updated Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
Q18. What if my registration record is inactive?
A18. Military and overseas electors
who find out that their registration is inactive should update their
information to ensure a ballot will be mailed for the next regularly scheduled
election. You can update your information by submitting an updated Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) or by
logging in to www.GoVoteColorado.com. If it is close to election day, you can also
download your ballot using the Address Locator function of the online ballot
delivery system. You will also need to download the FPCA through the system to
update your information. You must submit the ballot and the application before
the deadlines listed above. 
You can access the Election Calendar on our website. Click on the link for the current year to see
all important dates and deadlines for the next election.
Additional forms and resources
Additional information is
available on the Military and Overseas Electors page at www.GoVoteColorado.com/mil. This page includes information and forms for military and
overseas electors, as well as links to other government organizations.
Information about Candidates
Your best source of information
about candidates is the local paper or news source, which may be available on
the internet. The Armed Forces Radio and Television Service broadcasts American
news and entertainment programs throughout the world. You may also wish to
contact the political parties listed in this guide for information about
specific candidates and their platform. The major political parties maintain
overseas offices and may have information about the candidates and issues. More
information about Democrats Abroad and Republicans Abroad can be found on the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) website.
Toll Free Access to Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
Toll-free international telephone
numbers and fax numbers to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) offices
Federal Post Card Application (SF- 76A)
Simultaneous voter registration/absentee
ballot request form used by U. S. citizens covered by the Uniformed and
Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA). This form can also be used for change of
Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (SF- 186A)
The Federal Write-In Absentee
Ballot allows voters who have requested their ballot by their state deadline
but not received it to vote. Colorado
allows you to use this form for voting in general, special, and primary
 1-8.3-102, C.R.S.
 1-8.3-102, C.R.S.
 1-8.3-102(2)(d), C.R.S.
 1-8.3-107, 1-8.3-108,
and 1-8.3-115(1), C.R.S.
 1-8.3-106, C.R.S.
 1-8.3-109, C.R.S.
 1-8.3-110, C.R.S.
 1-8.3-107, C.R.S.,
Colorado Election Rule 16
 1-8.3-111 and
 Colorado Election Rule 16